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Updated: 2022-05-16

What Does it Cost to Care? Improving wages and staffing levels in Ontario’s long-term care facilities

Document type Report
Author Block, Sheila
Author Dhunna, Simran
Date 2020 06 23
Pages 12 pages


The COVID-19 pandemic has made the holes in our social safety net and the failures in our social infrastructure painfully obvious. A horrific example of these failures is the impact of the pandemic in long-term care (LTC) homes. This paper provides a cost estimate for adequately funded caregiving in Ontario long-term care homes, showing that it would cost about $1.8 billion to increase care levels and equalize wage rates across the sector in this fiscal year. This equates to just over 1% of overall provincial program spending in Ontario.