BILL 87: VETERAN ACCESS TO LONG-TERM CARE

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To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

WHEREAS we have a collective duty of care to all veterans for their service and sacrifice; and

WHEREAS The Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 narrowly defines the term “veteran,” restricting priority access to long-term care beds to

veterans who served prior to 1953; and

WHEREAS The Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 omits veterans who enlisted after 1953 (modern day veterans) from access to priority longterm care beds; and

WHEREAS the current population of modern day veterans in Ontario is four times that of traditional veterans; and

WHEREAS modern day veterans are not eligible to apply for the existing 1097 long-term care beds designated specifically for Ontario veterans ;
and

WHEREAS only one in seven (1 in 7) veterans is eligible for priority long-term care in Ontario, a problem that will only increase as modern day veterans age in keeping with national demographic trends;

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass the Long Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2015 which extends priority access to long-term care beds to modern day veterans, including former officers and former non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces.">Email ezarrug@ndp.on.ca