OCSA strongly agrees with the priorities indicated by both federal and provincial governments – mental health and home care. Targeted funding for these areas will meet desperate and growing need, while reducing costs to the rest of the health system. In Ontario, we are proud of the work not-for-profit home and community support providers do to help over one million seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in their own homes and communities each year. However, need is increasing due to an aging population and a shift to providing care at home or in the community rather than in hospitals or long-term care homes. In the 2017 Ontario budget, it is crucial that these providers receive investments in base funding which would allow them to build capacity so they can meet the needs of clients and their family caregivers, today and in the future.
OCSA calls for federal and provincial governments to collaborate on an agreement which will sustainably fund the health care system into the future, while being accountable for specific new investment and improvement in home and community care. We are pleased to collaborate with all levels of government towards our common goal to provide care in the most appropriate place, and to ensure that high-quality home and community care is available to all Canadians, when and where they need it.