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Submission OHC Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy Regarding Bill 21: An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Posted: May 10, 2010

(May 10, 2010) The Ontario Health Coalition, while applauding the provincial government for bringing in new legislation to govern retirement homes, is deeply concerned about significant portions of the legislation. We support the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly’s (ACE’s) recommendation that the government take this legislation back and think about the approach. The retirement homes industry is dominated by multinational for-profit chains and its behaviour impacts on thousands of seniors who live in the homes. In Ontario, there have been a number of retirement home fires in which residents have died. Other residents have died from inadequate care. There have been high-profile stories, court cases and coroner’s inquests detailing the problems that have contributed to these tragedies. It is completely inappropriate that these facilities be self-regulating. It is important, that when establishing this new Act, the government takes the opportunity to take into account the input it has received from public interest groups and seniors’ advocates and heed the warnings.

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