Strategy Supporting Documents
Government of Ontario's invests in a provincial dementia strategyThe Alzheimer Society of Ontario commends Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Charles Sousa and Minister Eric Hoskins for their commitment to invest more than $100 million over three years towards the implementation of a dementia strategy in Ontario as announced in today's Provincial Budget.
"A fully-funded and comprehensive dementia strategy will help ensure people living with dementia, their care partners and their families have access to the resources and services they need to live as well, and for as long as possible at home and in the community," said Chris Dennis, former CEO at the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
Solutions That Will Make a Difference
In September, 2016, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario held an Action Summit and in partnership with our 30 Local Societies, including over 30 individuals with lived experience from across the province to set our top 5 priorities, which we believe are essential to a dementia strategy for Ontario.
We have shared these priorities with several influential members of government and they have formed the basis for our 2017 Budget recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
ASO Pre-Budget Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
On January 19, 2017, ASO CEO, Chris Dennis presented recommendations to the Standing Committee for inclusion in the 2017 Ontario Budget. Chris was joined by Karen Harrington, a former care partner to her late husband, advocate, and friend of the Alzheimer Society.
Together, Karen and Chris highlighted the need for better access to supports and services for people living with dementia as well as for care partners, improved diagnostic capacity within primary care and linkage to services at the point of diagnosis, as well as more inclusive and compassionate communities so people living with dementia are able to live as best as possible in their communities for as long as possible.
ASO issues statement to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne regarding the breakdown in Canadian Health Transfer discussions
Discussions on the Canadian Health Transfer were tabled in mid-December. Without adequate funding from the federal government to the provinces, provinces and territories will struggle to meet the growing cost pressures to meet the health care needs of residents—needs that are only projected to grow. A breakdown in the federal-provincial health transfer discussions has the potential to seriously undermine Ontario’s ability to fully fund an Ontario Dementia Strategy.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario has urged all parties to return to the table on these discussions to ensure Ontarians have access to the health care they need, when they need it.
Developing Ontario’s Dementia Strategy: A discussion paper
On September 21, 2016, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released their dementia strategy discussion paper for public consultation. This is a draft document of what Ontario’s Dementia Strategy will entail.
The public consultation period on the draft document is now closed. Ministry staffs are now working to develop a final strategy for the province to be released in 2017.