By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
In Ontario alone, our population of seniors is expected to almost double, from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041. These greater numbers of elderly people predicate an ever-increasing need for health and long-term care services.
In 2016, Statistics Canada reported for the first time that seniors outnumber children in our country. That ratio shows no signs of changing.
Seniors are treasured family members, friends, and often colleagues. They’ve worked hard, and many fought hard, to make this land truly strong and free. Our shared goal is to see them healthy and happy in their own homes. For those living with disability and sickness, we want them as comfortable and secure as possible. In short, we want people in their golden years to have the best care available.
I am proud to be part of a government committed to providing the best care available … a health care system that works for patients, families, and seniors. The care and safety of our seniors in our long-term care homes is a top priority.