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Long-term care beds expected to increase

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The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are pleased to learn the provincial government soon will be announcing calls for proposals for new bed developments in long-term care.

The government had committed to creating 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2022, and more than 30,000 new ones over the next decade, which was outlined in its recent paper, “Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors,” and reiterated in the fall economic statement.

This commitment was welcomed news by stakeholders advocating for greater system capacity to address the growing number of seniors.

“We are pleased that the government is moving forward and taking concrete action to increase the number of long-term care beds in the province,” said FONOM president Al Spacek, who also is mayor of Kapuskasing.

“Northern Ontario feels the effects of an aging population disproportionately than the rest of the province,” he noted.

“We hope the north will see their fair share of new beds.”

“Ontario seniors deserve the best care and support as possible,” echoed NOMA president Wendy Landry, also the mayor of the Municipality of Shuniah.

“As northerners, we have long been advocating for a commitment to provide more long-term care beds in our communities,” she noted.

“The ability for people to age in their home community, surrounded by family and friends, enhances patient outcomes and provides for a vibrant and inclusive community,” Landry added.

Both FONOM and NOMA are encouraging their membership to begin preparing to submit proposals to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

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