Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Ontario to invest $115 million in new long-term care beds, staffing

November 9, 2017
Ottawa Citizen -  Elizabeth Payne

At a time when more than 32,000 people are on waiting lists for long-term care in Ontario, the province says it will spend $115 million over the next three years to create thousands of new beds and increase staffing levels.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement in Hamilton Tuesday, laying out the government’s 20-point plan — called Aging with Confidence — to bolster services for the province’s senior population.

The announcement included 5,000 new long-term care beds by 2021-22, with a pledge to build a total of 30,000 over the next decade in an effort to reduce waiting lists.  

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Start of flu season brings three deaths in Alberta

November 6, 2017
Edmonton Journal - Keith Gerein

Flu season has already struck hard in Alberta, where three people have died and 90 patients have been hospitalized after contracting the virus.

New statistics released Thursday by Alberta Health Services indicate the Calgary region has been the worst hit area of the province to date.

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Violence against health-care workers ‘out of control,’ survey finds

November 6, 2017
Toronto Star -  Sara Mojtehedzadeh 

Some 68 per cent of nurses and PSWs report being assaulted, harassed on the job, poll conducted by Ontario Council of Hospital Unions shows.

...According to a new survey of Ontario health-care workers, incidents like these aren’t isolated tragedies. In fact, 68 per cent of nurses and personal support workers across the province have experienced physical violence at least once on the job over the past year, a poll conducted for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions shows. Some 42 per cent experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment or assault.

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Federal report shows workplace violence rarely dealt with properly

November 3, 2017
CTV News via Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Federal consultations on workplace harassment and violence have found that incidents are not only under-reported, but are often not dealt with properly when they are reported.

Three-quarters of those surveyed in the consultations said they recently reported harassment, sexual harassment or violence, but two-fifths of those complaints were never addressed.