TORONTO — The Ontario government is supporting resident-centred, quality care in long-term care homes by increasing funding to the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario (FCO) by nearly 53 per cent – $481,238 – this year. The total funding of $1,393,621 will help OARC and FCO increase staffing and maintain their critical education and support services to Resident and Family Councils across the province.
The OARC and FCO support residents and families by ensuring their voices help shape the resident experience in long-term care. The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 requires each of Ontario’s 626 homes have a Residents’ Council and permits the establishment of Family Councils at individual homes.
“Listening to the concerns of residents and their families is important as we work to repair and rebuild Ontario’s long-term care sector,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Increasing support to these councils will allow them to better serve long-term care residents and their families.”
This investment is part of the Government of Ontario’s Long-Term Care Modernization Plan, the province’s plan to create a 21st century long-term care sector that is truly resident-centred and provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.