Letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister Christine Elliott
June 26, 2020
MPORTANT: WITHDRAW BILL 175 – The Connecting People to Community Care Act, 2020
COVID-19 continues to reveal truths about how Ontario cares for its seniors in long-term care homes
and in the community. We are still learning, and the review of long-term care your government has
planned will teach us even more.
Bill 175 proposes sweeping changes to the home care system in Ontario. If passed, even with minor
modification, it will adversely affect the more than 700,000 people (most of them seniors) who rely on
home care. It also affects care in public and private hospitals and in non-licenced congregate settings. On May 21, 2020, Care Watch outlined its concerns about Bill 175 in a submission to the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly. Since then, what we learn almost daily amplifies these concerns.
We agree that home and community care needs reform and modernization, but this is not the time for
such wholesale and profound change. Your government has shown it can act decisively when it sees
danger. We urge you to exercise that same decisiveness now by withdrawing Bill 175. Careful
consideration of your own long-term care review and consultations with a broader range of
stakeholders will result in revised, and stronger, legislation.
Michèle Harding, Chair, Care Watch Ontario
Copy: Eric Rennie, Committee Clerk