Advocacy Activities

CRFCN Advocacy Committee Activities


  • Meetings with MPPs to discuss priorities for transforming LTC.

  • Development and circulation of a petition in support of Bill 33 (formerly Bill 188): Time to Care Act asking for a mandated minimum care standard; this activity has been conducted jointly with Region 4 Family Council Network

  • On-going monitoring of developments related to LTC in Ontario

  • Submissions and presentations to the pre-budget consultations of the Ontario Minister of Finance and the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

  • Follow-up with federal MPs regarding the Canada Health Act and transfer of payments to the province

  • Letter campaigns to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care and MPPs concerning the lack of annual inspections, chronic understaffing in LTC, need for specialized units and more beds, long waiting lists, results of Coroners' Report, Report of Ombudsman on Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Input in the LHIN Strategic Plan and participation in the LHIN LTC Liaison Committee

  • Review of LTC related reports such as the Ombudsman Report “Nowhere to Turn” on adults with developmental disabilities, the report of the Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee of the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Donner Report on Resident Safety and Abuse, Sinha Report (Living Longer, Living Well) and briefs prepared by the OLTCA and OANHSS

  • Reviews and follow-up of amendments to the LTC act

  • In-person meetings with local MPPs to discuss long-standing LTC issues

  • Letters to all newly elected federal MPs in the region to discuss Liberal election promises related LTC and improved health initiatives for seniors including the need to re-open the Canada Health Care act to include LTC

  • Regular letters to local MPPs to sensitize them to LTC issues

  • Preparation of a written brief which was presented to 2014 -2019 pre-budget consultations held by the Minister of Finance and by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. 

  • Annual meetings with the LHIN to discuss our priority issues and their activities related to senior care

  • Outreach and cooperation with the advocacy committee of the Family Council Network in Region 4; this committee is actively involved with the Ontario Health Coalition and has participated in the Rocking Chair Campaign

  • Participation in local and provincial committees related to LTC (mostly through members of the CRFCN executive)

  • Responses to letters to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen commenting on articles related to LTC (two published)