To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS there are 38,000 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 171 days in 2020- 2021, 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 21 amends the Residents Bill of Rights in the Fixing Long-Term Care 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 call Bill 21 to the Standing Committee on Social Policy to find a compassionate solution to provide seniors with the right to live together as they age.