Submissions to Government

A submission to government may take the form of a public letter or position statement intended to inform a decision-maker (e.g., a government minister) about Care Watch’s perspective, analysis, position, or policy respecting an issue, pending decision or decision-making process. It is an advocacy tool which we hope will influence the outcome or resolution of the issue or decision in favour of the principles advocated by Care Watch.

Submission to Ontario’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Inquiry

Care Watch welcomes the inquiry into COVID-19 in Ontario’s nursing homes.  Home care and institutional care serve many of the same clients, who sometimes move between settings. They also draw workers – largely personal support workers – from the same pool. We are learning that COVID-19’s effects can last long beyond the acute phase. . Some people will go from hospitals to their own homes or to a residential setting, but may need further care and perhaps readmission. We therefore need to view these services as a system. What we learn through the inquiry will benefit the system as a whole.

Download the PDF: Care Watch Submission to Ontario’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Inquiry, November 2, 2020

Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 (formerly Bill 175)

Bill 175 – the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 – was passed and received Royal Assent on July 8, 2020. Despite significant recommended changes from a wide variety of stakeholders, Bill 175 was passed with only minor government amendments.

In addition to our submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Care Watch also supported an attempt to have the Bill withdrawn to take into account the numerous calls for further consultation with a wider range of stakeholders. The government ignored these concerns. Care Watch stands by its critique of the Bill – now official legislation – which significantly restructures how home and community care will be delivered in Ontario.

Our briefing note assessing the proposed changes can be found here.

Download PDF: Withdraw Bill 175 – Letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister Christine Elliott, June 28, 2020

Download PDF: Bill 175 – Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, May 21, 2020.  This submission to the Standing Committee called for significant clarification of the proposed legislation.

The government claims that the new legislation will make it easier for people to access home and community care in hospital, primary care, or community settings; help people connect with their care providers; and provide more choice for people with high needs to receive care in new community settings. However, Bill 175 did not support these claims. Transferring planning, coordination, and delivery of home and community care services to Ontario Health Teams (and their delegates) raises concerns that services will be fragmented and inequitable; inconsistent assessments will lead to inadequate care; and privatization will swallow the public interest.

Given the passage of the Act, attention must now be turned to the various regulations and policies that will be used to implement the new system. Care Watch will continue to monitor, assess, and comment on proposed regulations and policies.

What can you do? Become familiar with changes to our home and community care system.  Communicate your opinions to your local MPP. If you don’t know how to contact them, check for their contact information at:

Care Watch’s Submission to Ontario’s 2020 Pre-Budget Hearing

Care Watch has provided input to Ontario’s 2020 Pre-Budget Hearings relating to funding of in-home and community support services. Our goal is to see that Ontario’s seniors receive the services they need to live safely at home and thrive in their communities. We ask key ministers to support funding of home care and community support services in the forthcoming budget.

Care Watch Submission to Ontario’s 2020 Pre-Budget Hearing, November 29, 2019

What can you do? Share our submission with your local MPP and seek their support for necessary funding.

Archived Submissions

Submissions addressing home care restructuring and the Patients First Act, 2016

Submissions addressing the provincial health and community care budget, 2016