It’s winter in Ontario, and what can we look forward to? Warmer weather – we can expect that. An end to the worst of the pandemic – we can hope for that. And a provincial election in June – we can count on that one. Mark June 2nd on your schedule.
Parties and candidates will scramble for our votes, and those votes will set Ontario’s direction in the coming years. Care Watch is non-partisan. We don’t endorse any party or any candidate. We do promote the home and community services that can keep older Ontarians thriving at home and in their communities. We advocate for those services regardless of which party, or parties, will be in power.
What will parties do to keep older adults in their homes and out of institutions?
How will they support the people who provide care?
How will we know that services work and funding is spent wisely?
As the campaign gets under way, we will be watching and commenting. When parties release their platforms, and when candidates speak, we will be looking for some answers.
- What will they invest in home and community services to keep older adults at home and out of institutions? Exactly what programs and services will those investments fund?
- How will they attract, keep, and support the people who can deliver high quality care, including the many who aren’t paid for the care they deliver?
- How will they be accountable that services reach the people who need them and that funds are being used wisely? How will we know that funds for home and community services are being used only for those services?
When platforms make their appearance and issues emerge, you will see and hear more from us. In the meantime, there is a lot that all of us can do.
What can you do?
Get ready to let your voice be heard.
1. Find your provincial riding and check that you can vote. Go to Elections Canada. Enter your postal code in the Voter Information Service box to find your riding. Under Voter Registration, add, update, or confirm your voting information.
2. Find your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and get their contact information.
3. Don’t hesitate to contact some key provincial ministers (and to ask for a response):
- Premier: Premier@ontario.ca
- Minister of Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minister of Long-Term Care: email@example.com
- Minister for Seniors & Accessibility: MinisterSeniorsAccessibility@ontario.ca
4. Don’t ignore the parties (both opposition and governing)
- New Democratic Party: https://www.ontariondp.ca/
- Liberal Party: https://ontarioliberal.ca/
- Green Party: https://gpo.ca/
- Progressive Conservative Party: http://www.ontariopc.ca/
5. Think about some questions. What will you need to know before you decide how to vote?
- What will the party platform say about things that are important to you?
- What will a candidate do about things that are important to you?
- If a candidate is already in office and running for re-election, what have they done so far about things that are important to you?