At its Annual General Meeting in Ottawa this week, the Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) Board of Directors elected Daniel Fontaine as the new Chair.
“I’m honoured to be appointed as the new Board Chair for CALTC and work alongside such a strong executive team,” says Fontaine.
“To address the demands of an aging population and the increased challenges facing seniors’ care providers, we must act now. With a coordinated effort, we can improve care for seniors across Canada.”
Fontaine has served as CEO of BC Care Providers Association since 2013, and sits on the board of SafeCare BC.
In a news release issued Friday, CALTC’s Board of Directors and members are calling upon the federal government to increase the focus on seniors’ care as a national priority.
The strategy includes allowing care providers to access federal infrastructure funding to modernize ageing care homes; investing in a new standardized digital data collection system which would allow the government to better compare provincial outcomes and quality of care; and developing a new pan-Canadian health human resources plan to meet a critical shortage of front-line care workers.
The board has also requested the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship to consider expanding the work permit program to include students who are trained as health care assistants in registered private post-secondary institutions in Canada.
“Seniors today are living at home longer and arriving at long-term care facilities at a later stage in life, with more complex health issues than ever before,” Fontaine said in a statement released by CALTC.
“With much needed investments in infrastructure, data collection systems, and proper recruitment, governments and Canada’s long-term care sector will be in a much better position to address many of the key challenges happening right now.”
About the Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC)
The Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) is a national organization comprised of provincial associations and long-term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada.
CALTC members represent care providers responsible for the employment of Canadians and delivering quality care to Canada’s most vulnerable residents each day. For more information: www.caltc.ca
About BC Care Providers Association
Established in 1977, the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the leading industry association for B.C.’s continuing care sector. Our growing membership base includes over 300 residential care, assisted living, home care, home support, and commercial members from across British Columbia.