Original language of petition: English
COVID-19 has exposed degradation of care to seniors and instability of the workforce;
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Include long-term care in the public health system, by creating national standards for care and staffing levels under the Canada Health Act and ensure accountability;
2. Eliminate profit-making by government-funded LTC facilities and ensure funds are spent as allocated and ban sub-contracting;
3. Standardize equitable and living wages and benefits, and implement single-site employment, for all staff;
4. Strengthen government oversight and initiate strong penalties and claw backs for facilities not complying with regulations;
5. Require independent family councils with protected rights.
As we have seen throughout this pandemic, vulnerable populations have been greatly affected by the consequences of this public health crisis. COVID-19 has resulted in tragedies in long-term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country.
In the 2020 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada committed to work with provinces and territories to set new national standards for long-term care so that seniors get the best support possible. The Government will also look at further targeted measures for personal support workers, who do an essential service helping the most vulnerable in our communities. Canada must better value their work and their contributions to our society.
Although long-term care falls primarily under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, in light of COVID-19, the Government of Canada will take any action it can to support seniors while working alongside the provinces and territories.
To date, the Government has responded in a number of ways:
COVID-19 has exposed a number of issues and challenges in the way we care for seniors in Canada. With an aging population, increasing rates of chronic disease and cost pressures tied to new drugs and technologies, our health system must adapt if it is to deliver better care and better outcomes at a cost that is affordable.
That is why the Government of Canada is providing $6 billion over ten years for provinces and territories to improve access to home and community care services, including palliative care. This investment is expected to help more Canadians receive the care and services they need so that they may remain at home longer. Details of the bilateral agreements, including how federal funding will be spent, can be found on Health Canada’s website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/transparency/health-agreements/shared-health-priorities.html.
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