2020 Ontario Budget Submission
CLAC provides recommendations on combating the long term care crisis, as well as on ensuring fairness for volunteer firefighters
CLAC has made budget submissions year over year and we are proud to give voice to the concerns of the over 15,000 members that we have the privilege to represent in Ontario.
For our pre-budget submission this year, we focus on the crisis that front-line caregivers in the long term healthcare sector experience. We believe strongly that funding and staffing shortages can no longer be ignored. Without a solution, this government will struggle to fulfill its commitment to end hallway healthcare. Operators of these facilities are already unable to attract and retain qualified staff, and this is in advance of any of the 15,000 new beds that have been promised.
In our submission we also propose a modest tax credit for volunteer firefighters, fashioned on a model that has been adopted in most other provinces in Canada.
Our recommendations can be summarized as follows:
Long Term Care
1. Reduce redundant and unnecessary data collection and develop policies that require documentation by exception (for front-line caregivers) that limits daily charting to exceptional behaviours and activities. The mandate should be to reduce red tape and redirect the time saved to enhance resident care and health outcomes.
2. Introduce a regulation that would require long term care homes to provide technology to front-line workers that enables the optimal use of electronic charting systems and provide funding for same.
3. Mandate four hours of daily hands-on care per resident in long term care facilities across the province, and provide the funding to support it.
4. Convene a multistakeholder group with a mandate to determine what factors are impacting attraction and retention of workers in this sector and to develop strategies, practices, and policies that will attend to these challenges.
5. Increase the number of long term care beds to meet current and future long term care needs.
6. Eliminate the one percent cap on wages for workers at not-for-profit homes within the long term care sector.
7. Introduce PSW wage enhancement funding.
8. Introduce a volunteer firefighter tax credit for volunteer firefighters.
Read our full submission below.