First Link Investment
Government of Ontario invests $8.15M in First Link® enhancement!
On Tuesday, November 28th, the Minister of Seniors Affairs, Dipika Damerla on behalf of Minister Eric Hoskins, was at the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to announce that the Ontario government is investing $8.15M over three years to enhance the First Link® program as part of their $101M commitment to Ontario’s Dementia Strategy.
By 2020, 250,000 Ontarians are expected to have dementia. New funding will enable local Alzheimer Societies to enhance the critical role that First Link® plays by recruiting new staff who will work directly with people living with dementia and their care partners, helping them to navigate and connect to the support, services, education and resources they need.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario has been working closely with our partners at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and our local Alzheimer Societies toward the implementation of this important investment. We are dedicated to making the most of this enhancement and to the vital services we provide in communities across the province.
This achievement has been a long-time coming, but could not have happened without the hard work and dedication from Champions like you in calling on government to meet the need for better care and navigation support for people living with dementia and their care partners.
This is an exciting time and there is much to be celebrated! But we must also continue to be vigilant in our efforts to make sure that investments in First Link® and the Ontario Dementia Strategy continue to be a top priority within government and so we can continue to see this needed support grow—now and for the future.
Stay tuned for how you can continue to take action for dementia as we gear up for Ontario’s 2018 provincial election!