COVID-19 has clearly shown that home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is the safest and preferred setting of care for seniors living with a frailty, individuals with chronic conditions and those at end-of-life. The federal government has laid out a strong foundation to build back better, to create a strong and resilient workforce, and ensure high quality home care is available for our most vulnerable populations. The federal priorities and funding commitments include:
- Supporting seniors through $90 million investment in the Age Well at Home initiative announced in the 2021 federal budget
- Addressing health human resources challenges in home care community care through the new Sectorial Workforce Solutions Program and commitment of $960 million over three years.
- Advancing a palliative care framework in Canada (including home-based palliative care) supported by $29.8 million federal investment.
- Enhancing home care services across the country through the targeted funding for provinces and territories ($6 B) and agreements on shared health priorities.