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17-Mar-2021

Province to provide local retirement homes with $400k in funding to assist with COVID-19 costs


Serenity-Durham retirement home

Serenity-Durham Retirement Home. Photo: CanCareCentres.ca

 

The Ontario government is investing $30 million across the province to help the retirement home sector cover COVID-19 related costs such as hiring, training and testing additional staff, and sanitizing residences and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of infection. This funding is in addition to the $30.9 million that the province provided retirement homes earlier in the pandemic.

A total of $417,920.10 is being spent locally at the following homes:

Grey Bruce retirement homes funding chart 

“I’m very happy to see this funding for our retirement homes in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. They have done amazing work during this pandemic to keep their residents and staff safe,” said Walker. “This funding will be used for PPE, cleaning supplies and to help our local facilities with their continuing Infection and Control measures. A special Thank You is extended to all the front-line workers who truly have been champions during this unprecedented challenge.”

Ontario has more than 770 licensed retirement homes and many are run by small operators who urgently need the government’s support to deal with rising costs related to fighting COVID-19. Ontario’s retirement homes have been working cooperatively with public health officials across the province to ensure best practices are being followed to prevent and control COVID-19 and to help get residents and staff vaccinated. 

“Retirement home operators are working tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s additional funding will enable retirement homes to purchase more critical supplies like PPE, products to carry out deep cleaning, or to support more on-site testing to help further prevent and contain outbreaks.” 

Under the leadership of General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, Ontario’s three-phase vaccination plan is making steady progress. To-date over 56,000 residents and over 23,000 workers in retirement homes have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and of them over 35,000 residents and 15,000 staff have received both doses. 

“Our priority since the start of the pandemic has been clear – protecting people’s health. That means ensuring retirement home operators and staff have the resources they need to keep people safe,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “Making sure our seniors are protected and cared for is part of our plan to do whatever is necessary to defeat COVID-19.” 

Healthy people are essential for a healthy economy. On March 24, the government will release the 2021 Ontario Budget. It will focus on protecting people’s health, with a plan to defeat COVID-19, and support for people and jobs. 

 


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