To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS, there are 35,000 people on the waitlist for long-term care, and;
WHEREAS, the median wait time for a long-term care bed has risen from 99 days in 2011-2012 to 152 days in 2018-2019, and;
WHEREAS, according to Home Care Ontario, the cost of a hospital bed is $842/day, while the cost of a long-term care bed is $126/day, and;
WHEREAS, couples should have the right to live together as they age, and;
WHEREAS, Ontario seniors have worked hard to build this province and deserve dignity in care, and;
WHEREAS, Bill 153 amends the Residents Bill of Rights in the Long-Term Care Homes Act to provide the resident with the right upon admission to continue to live with their spouse or partner;
Therefore, we the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Minister of Long-Term Care to pass Bill 153 and provide seniors with the right to live together as they age.
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