KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government says it has hired 156 new long-term care inspection staff.
Officials say these new hires double the number of inspectors in the field completing on-site inspections and responding to complaints more quickly, to ensure every resident experiences the quality of care they deserve.
“These additional inspectors will help strengthen what is already Canada’s toughest inspection and enforcement regime,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “By delivering on our commitment to double the number of inspectors in the field, Ontario now has the highest inspector-to-home ratio in the country, surpassing our goal of having one inspector for every two homes in the province.”
The government says the province now has 31,705 new and 28,648 upgraded beds in development across the province and has also made a $4.9 billion commitment over four years to increase the average daily direct care time provided by nurses and personal support workers to four hours per resident by March 31, 2025.
This also includes increasing the system average direct care provided by allied health professionals to 36 minutes per resident, per day by March 31, 2023.