Ontario Consulting on Minor Capital Funding Program for Long-Term Care Homes
TORONTO — Today, the Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, announced the launch of consultations with the long-term care sector to assist the government in the design of a minor capital funding program.
"We know from our partners in long-term care that support is needed for minor capital repairs," said Minister Fullerton. "Our government is consulting with long-term care operators as they know best what support is needed to maintain their homes and deliver quality care to residents."
The ministry will be hosting two consultation sessions in January 2020 and will be accepting written feedback from long-term care sector stakeholders at email@example.com between now and January 31, 2020. These consultations follow a Minister's announcement in September indicating the conclusion of the Structural Compliance Premium and a commitment to work with the sector on what a new minor capital program could look like for long-term care homes.
"Our goal is always to ensure that our loved ones living in long-term care homes have a safe and modern place to call home, and we hope that feedback from these consultations will help us work towards accomplishing that goal," said Minister Fullerton.
- The Structural Compliance Premium was introduced on April 1, 1998, for long-term care home operators, who were not eligible to receive other financial assistance from the ministry, so that they could redevelop their homes.
- In September 2019, the government extended the Structural Compliance Premium until March 31, 2020.
- Technical consultations will assist the government in the design of what a minor capital program could look like to replace the Premium.
- Hospitals across the province have received a minor capital fund from the province for many years, while long-term care homes have not.