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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2018

MPP Walker raises concern over additional downloading of long-term care costs on municipalities

QUEEN’S PARK – In today’s Question Period, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker challenged the Liberal government to come clean about the way it is quietly downloading bigger long-term care costs on municipalities.

“You’re forcing them to fill bigger funding gaps every year. This means property taxpayers are footing more of the operating costs - about $300 million a year and growing,” Walker warned. “This egregious downloading game has to stop.”

Walker said what makes the cost-sharing agreement between the province and municipalities even more unfair is the province has refused to guarantee that investment in long-term care homes will keep pace with inflation.

“It’s clear the government’s mismanagement has created a perfect storm of growing need and shrinking capacity in long-term care,” Walker said, adding that this has also resulted in less than 30 per cent of the beds promised being redeveloped while waitlists continue to grow.

In Grey County’s case, long-term care eats up about 11 per cent of the budget. But, at the rate of increasing costs, the cost to fund each bed is projected to rise to about $32,000 by 2027, which could seriously undermine the County’s ability to continue operating as is without significant increases on local property taxpayers.

“Regrettably, this government did not say today it was prepared to stop forcing municipalities to fill gaps left by their 14 years of underfunding of long-term care,” said Walker.

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