Minister Announces Release of Long Term Care Home Regulations at OANHSS Convention

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Today at the Annual General Meeting and Convention
of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
(OANHSS), the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, David Caplan, announced
the release of the first wave of proposed regulations under the Long-Term Care
Homes Act.
    "Our Association is pleased to see this progress towards finalizing the
Act for implementation," said Donna Rubin, CEO of OANHSS. "The regulations
provide the details necessary for homes to carry out the Act and are the
critical piece we have been waiting for."
    The Long-Term Care Homes Act received Royal Assent in June 2007. It
cannot be proclaimed into force until all the regulations are approved.
    This first set of draft regulations has been posted for a 30-day public
consultation period. A second posting with the balance of the proposed
regulations is expected in the coming months.
    "We are looking forward to working with the government on the regulations
to ensure that they are clear, practical and achievable," said Rubin.

    OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors and is
celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2009. Members include municipal and
charitable long term care homes, non-profit nursing homes, seniors' housing
projects and community service agencies. Member organizations operate over
27,000 long term care beds and over 5,000 seniors' housing units across the

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