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Health Bulletin

Ontario Protecting Quality In Long-Term Care Homes

McGuinty Government Updates Co-Payment Rates and Improves Rate Reduction Program

May 30, 2012

Ontario is maintaining quality service for long-term care home residents by updating the co-payment rates residents contribute towards the cost of meals and accommodation.

This annual increase reflects recent inflation and will help to ensure the rates more accurately represent the current cost of these services.

Effective July 1, 2012:

These changes will not affect low-income seniors who will continue to pay what they can afford, based on their income, by applying annually for a rate reduction.

The government is improving the Rate Reduction Program by clarifying the rules for calculating resident income. The changes provide a more accurate assessment of a resident's ability to pay and will ensure residents are able to retain their full comfort allowance of $132.

These updates will ensure high quality long-term care is maintained and are part of the government's plan to encourage the redevelopment of long-term care homes.


"Once again, we're ensuring that access and affordability are maintained for long-term care home residents while continuing to provide high quality care. We're also making changes to the process to apply for a rate reduction so Ontarians can be assured that income will not be a barrier to accessing long-term care."
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care



Find out more about long-term care homes in Ontario.

Learn more about Long-Term Care Co-Payments and Rate Reduction Updates. [PDF]

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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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