Expanded Home Care Supports and Services
Ontario is strengthening home and community care across the province for patients and their families, by increasing access to services by an estimated 2.6 million additional hours and developing new supports such as:
The Strenghtening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act
Ontario is introducing legislation that would, if passed, strengthen protection for consumers making significant purchases like buying event tickets or travel services, and purchasing or selling real estate, including newly built homes. The Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act would:
Safe Access Zones
Ontario is protecting a woman’s right to choose and access abortion services without fear of interference, intimidation or harassment by introducing the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017. The bill would, if passed, protect the safety, security, health and privacy of women and health care providers by allowing for safe access zones to be established around clinics and facilities that offer abortion services, the homes of clinic staff, and the homes and offices of other regulated health professionals who provide these services.
Opioid Emergency Task Force
Ontario is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force that will include front-line workers and people with lived experience to strengthen the province’s coordinated response to the opioid crisis. The Task Force will ensure those closest to the crisis are providing critical insight about what is happening on the ground, to support the province’s coordinated response to the crisis and address new challenges as they emerge. It will bring together representatives from province-wide system partners working to combat this emergency, including front-line workers in harm reduction, addiction medicine, and community-based mental health and addiction services.
New and Expanded Hospices in Ontario
A new program was announced this week to support the creation of new and expanded hospices across Ontario. Through this program, eligible hospices can apply for significant capital funding to supplement local fundraising efforts. This funding will help with the construction or renovation costs of more than 190 beds that will serve more than 2,000 additional clients and their families each year.
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