Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Fall 2020 provincial budget leaves vulnerable populations behind

Following the release of the 2020 provincial budget on Nov. 5, RNAO issued a media release to voice its concern that the budget does not reflect the urgency needed to protect the health, economic and social well-being of Ontarians.

The association points to the government’s decision to delay the implementation of four worked hours of direct care for nursing home residents until 2024-2025, which is a failure to take proper care of the province’s most vulnerable population. More than 2,200 seniors and eight staff have already died from COVID-19-related illnesses in Ontario’s nursing homes, leaving families and staff in anguish. 

RNAO wants the provincial government to take the lead and negotiate national long-term care standards with First Ministers and use federal transfer monies to invest in the care of Ontario’s nursing home residents. A promise to create national standards was included in the federal government’s Speech from the Throne in September.

The budget’s details on home care were also inadequate. RNAO called for a 20 per cent boost for home care funding in order to relieve pressure on both the hospital and long-term care sectors and enable Ontarians to receive healthy and safe care in their own home and community.

In addition, while more than 3,000 Ontarians have lost their lives to COVID-19-related illnesses over the last 10 months, the pandemic has exacerbated the province's other public health crisis: the growing number of opioid overdoses. RNAO is disappointed that the budget offers no response to this crisis, which is claiming more than five lives each day.

To learn more about our response to the provincial budget, please read our media release. We also urge you to add your voice to our action alert and on Twitter use our hashtag #4Hours4Seniors.

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