NEWS: Summary of Ontario’s Announcement on Palliative Care

Dec. 10, 2018 – The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott, Parliamentary Assistant Effie Triantafilopoulos, and Burlington MPP Jane McKenna were in Burlington this morning to announce funding for End-of-Life Care.

The Ontario Government has committed to investing $33.6 million into the construction of 193 new hospice beds across the province. The intent is that the beds will provide Ontarians end-of-life care and support with the proper comfort, dignity and the respect that they deserve. This will also allow more beds to be available for those who need hospital care.

With the additional beds, the government will provide a further $20.3 million in operational funding for nursing, personal support, and other services annually.

PA Effie Triantafilopoulos said, “This investment is also helping to address hallway health care, by ensuring more hospital beds remain available for those in need of acute care. We’re creating more beds and spaces to alleviate the pressures on our health care system.”

The Ontario Government is supporting an additional 6,000 new long-term care beds, which is part of the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds being added in the next five years. Ontario is also investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including 640 new beds and spaces.