Ontario Investing $52.5 Million to Recruit, Retain and Support More Health Care Workers

Published on October 02, 2020

Beamsville - The Ontario government is investing $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers to ensure our health care system can meet any surge in demand, while continuing to provide safe and high-quality care to patients and long-term care residents. This investment is part of the province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19.

Details were provided this week by Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

"It's the thousands of nurses, personal support workers, and other frontline workers who have made the difference in the fight against COVID-19," said Premier Ford.

"This significant investment will allow us to recruit, retain, and quickly deploy a militia of health care heroes, caregivers, and volunteer professionals to care for our seniors and most vulnerable and ensure our health care system is prepared to deal with any outbreaks
or surges in cases."

"Retaining and increasing the number of frontline health care workers in our continuous fight against COVID-19 is critical," said Minister Elliott.

"We are taking further action to ensure our frontline health care workers are supported, and the health care sector has the staff to provide timely, high-quality care."

"As we continue the fight against COVID-19 in Niagara, as well as anticipate the redevelopment of our hospital in Niagara West, our focus on recruiting, retaining and supporting frontline care professionals is critical," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West."