Ontario's call to Ottawa for long-term care support doesn't aim to reduce private ownership: Ford's office - 2020-05-11
Internal talks between the Ford and Trudeau governments over supports for the long-term care sector have not included the aim of reducing for-profit facilities, the premier's office says — as recent analyses have revealed higher death rates in for-profit homes.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford appeared to indicate interest in speaking with the feds about the proliferation of privately-owned long-term care homes last week. Asked by a reporter whether he would support, in some capacity, ending privatized care, Ford noted that Ontario couldn't currently afford to do so on their own.
"We aren't in the financial spot to be able to fund the whole system, but I'd love to sit down, and I've mentioned this to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, we need their support," Ford replied, during a May 6 press briefing. But on Monday, premier's office spokesperson Ivana Yelich told iPolitics that Ontario's discussions with the feds about aid hadn't veered in that direction.