Ottawa on Monday unveiled a new agreement with the Quebec government to invest $221 million to improve the protection of seniors living in long-term care facilities, particularly in CHSLDs.
This envelope will make it possible in particular to train more than 15,000 people in infection prevention and control and nearly 10,000 agents who will “ensure the implementation and maintenance of sanitary and safe practices”, announced the federal Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos.
This investment “also allows, if Quebec wishes, and Quebec wishes, to invest in better physical infrastructure”.
The money comes from a $1 billion federal fund announced earlier this year that each province will be able to benefit from.
Despite the bilateral nature of the agreement, no representative of the Government of Quebec was present to accompany Minister Duclos and the two MNAs from northeast Montreal, where the event was held.
Note that the Quebec Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, is traveling to Denmark for an international summit on public health management.
Jean-Yves Duclos insisted that the agreement respected Quebec’s jurisdictions, while stressing that care for the elderly is a “shared responsibility” between the two levels of government.
“The Canadian government can never claim that it is the one who can best manage CHSLDs,” he said.