COVID-19 Update for July 15, 2020 – 1:50pm
Long-Term Care Funding
The provincial government will invest $1.75 billion to kickstart the development of long-term care beds in Ontario over the next five years.
It is also redeveloping long-term care homes to be more modern, including dedicating funds so that air conditioning will be added to existing long-term care homes. It will also be mandated that all new long-term care projects will include air conditioning.
Minister of Long-Term Care, Merilee Fullerton, announced that the funding model for long-term care development will change. There will be four new regional categories: large-urban, urban, mid-size and rural. There will be an increase in the provincial construction funding subsidy, tailored to the regional categories. The government will also provide a development grant of between 10-17% depending on the regional category in order to cover construction expenses.
Long-Term Care Visitation
Effective immediately, up to two people can visit a loved one in a long-term care home for an outdoor visit, no COVID-19 test necessary. On July 22, indoor visits for two at a time can resume. Verbal attestation of a negative COVID-19 test will apply.
We hope you are finding these COVID-19 updates useful. In addition to trying to keep on top of the fast-changing situation, Enterprise is also working to support local charities during these challenging times. If you are able, your contributions to this effort would be deeply appreciated.
To donate, please click on the organization below:
- Toronto – Food Banks Canada
- Thunder Bay – Food Banks North West
- Hamilton/Niagara – Hamilton Food Share
- Alberta – Hope Mission
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
The Enterprise Team