Ontario’s Government for the People Supporting Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Helping more people get end-of-life care in a home-like setting.

BELLEVILLE, ON. — Ontario’s Government for the People is providing more people in the Quinte region with the compassionate care they deserve.

Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the government is moving forward with plans to build 6 new hospice beds for Hospice Quinte with an investment of $1.2 Million from the province.

“Building new hospice beds across Ontario will provide people with end-of-life care and support in a more comfortable setting,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “With early investments like these, our government is ensuring that these patients are provided with the proper comfort, dignity and respect they deserve. This will also help make more beds available for those who need hospital care. Our government is moving quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as we develop our long-term transformational health care strategy.”

Hospices provide patients with palliative care in a comfortable space, where they can be close to loved ones. In this environment, family and friends can have peace of mind knowing that patients will have access to appropriate end-of-life care. Hospice care focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like psychological, spiritual and bereavement support.

“Our government is increasing access to hospice beds across the province, by providing appropriate end-of-life care for those who need it,” said Todd Smith, local MPP and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “This investment is helping alleviate the pressures on our health care system, by ensuring more hospital beds remain available for those in need of acute care. Our government is committed to ending hallway healthcare.”

“Today’s announcement will truly benefit our communities. Building a hospice residence means we will be able provide appropriate, desirable and cost effective care for patients nearing end of life who find they can’t stay at home for their final days,” said Jennifer May-Anderson, Executive Director for Hospice Quinte. “Hospice Quinte appreciates the Government’s support and looks forward to continuing to work with the Government to help ensure access to hospice palliative care in our region.”

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Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the province.
  • When these beds open, the government will provide $20.3 million each year in operational funding for nursing, personal support, and other services.
  • The government is supporting an additional 6,000 new long-term care beds – the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds being added in the next five years.
  • Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including 640 new beds and spaces.

Media Contact: Lacy Shunock | 613-962-1144 | Lacy.shunock@pc.ola.org

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Ontario’s Government for the People Cutting Red Tape

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Actions to reduce regulatory burden would make it easier for businesses to create jobs — and for people to find them

BELLEVILLE, ON – Today Todd Smith, MPP, announced that Ontario’s Government for the people is eliminating red tape and burdensome regulations so businesses can grow, create and protect good jobs in Bay of Quinte.

The Ontario government has developed a package of over 30 actions to reduce the burden on job creators. If passed, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act will, along with regulatory changes, cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with other jurisdictions, end duplication and reduce barriers to investment.

“Unnecessary red tape has driven up the cost of living and doing business in Ontario” said Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden. “By lightening the regulatory burden, we’re ensuring Ontario is competitive, and that job creators are able to grow and invest in communities like Quinte. When our job creators thrive, our workers thrive.”

The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act also includes actions to help reduce burdens on families and workers. For instance, proposed changes to give home-based child care providers more flexibility in the number and ages of children they can care for would make it easier for parents to find affordable child care so they could re-enter the job market. And if passed, the act will allow commercial truck drivers the option of an electronic cab card, making it easier to confirm driver credentials and reduce paperwork.

These proposals would build on actions taken through the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which removed onerous burdens on employers while maintaining strong protections for workers, and made it easier for job creators to hire the skilled tradespeople they need.

This package is part of the government’s multi-year Open for Business Action Plan, which is tackling the red tape that’s driving jobs and investment out of the province. The plan includes a target to reduce regulatory red tape affecting businesses by 25%. Every ministry across the government will have targets to meet, which will cut regulatory burden in many sectors.

“The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act is the second in a series of bills targeted at getting government out of the way of the job creators. We’re going to lower business costs to make Ontario more competitive. And we’re going to continue to work hard every day to create and keep good jobs right here in Ontario,” said Smith.

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Help is Here for Ontario’s Small Businesses

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE– Yesterday, Ontario’s Government for the People is announcing significant tax relief for small businesses across the province.

By cancelling the previous government’s proposed tax hikes in Budget 2018, the government will save small businesses $308 million. This measure will save thousands of small businesses across Ontario up to $40,000 per year. The government will continue to urge the federal government to stop its attacks on small businesses, including its damaging tax changes to passive income.

“We are leaving more money in the pockets of business owners, so they can invest in their businesses and help create jobs,” said MPP Todd Smith. “Help is here for small businesses who work hard and want to get ahead.”

In addition to maintaining small business tax rates at their current levels, the government will also provide Employer Health Tax relief through an increase in the payroll exemption from $450,000 to $490,000 in 2019. If passed, this would generate $40 million in tax relief for businesses across the province.

The government has further committed to reducing red tape by 25 per cent by 2022. These measures complement the government’s proposed legislation to repeal the job-killing red tape in Bill 148 and maintaining the $14 an hour minimum wage until 2020 to help businesses adjust, with future increases tied to inflation.

The government is further modernizing the province’s apprenticeship program and winding down the Ontario College of Trades to reduce unnecessary complexity for Ontario’s skilled tradespeople.

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