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Ont. Gov. proposes fines for aberrant nursing homes

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The Ontario government would have the power for the first time to fine nursing
homes and appoint a supervisor to take control of the most dysfunctional
facilities under proposed legislation
aimed at holding the sector accountable
for how it looks after those under its care.

The new fines range from $200,000 for an individual to $1-million for a corporation
and are part of an overhaul of the province’s rules governing long-term care.
Under the proposed legislation introduced Thursday.

The government pledged to spend billions of dollars to

1) recruit more workers for the chronically understaffed sector,

2)to double the number of inspectors and

3) to build new facilities to replace the aging stock of care homes with multibed wards.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought intense scrutiny on the sector after
the virus tore through Ontario’s care homes, killing 3,824 residents.
It’s laid bare weaknesses in the province’s oversight of the sector,
including the decision of Premier Doug Ford’s government to all but eliminate
inspections in 2018.