Rationale for Action:
For the Ontario government to achieve its health system’s goal of providing the “right Care, in the right place at the right time”, it must accept the reality that 70% of care is provided by unpaid caregivers and accept its responsibility of supporting caregivers with financial compensation for the care services they provide to their parents and/or grandparents.
We ask the Ontario Government to support Ontarians who are family caregivers to their elderly parents by implementing a Seniors’ Family Caregiver Allowance program. Doing so will enable family caregivers of lower-income care recipients, who have a high level of disability or impairment as determined by a home care assessment, to be compensated for their care services. The additional eligibility criteria are:
(a) For the person receiving care, it also includes having a net annual income of $30,000 or less if single, or a total net household income of $60,000 or less, if married or common-law.
(b) For the caregiver, it is determined by their relationship with a parent or grandparent by blood, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption.
(c) For the caregiver, it also includes being in an ongoing care relationship with the person receiving 20 or more hours of assistance per week at a minimum hourly wage of $15.00.
(d) If the caregiver and the care recipient both qualify for the program, the caregiver will receive the minimum Seniors’ Family Caregiver Allowance of $1,300.00 per month. (Math: 20 hours/week x $15.00/hour = $1,300/month x 12 months = $15,600.00/year). The number of hours of care is capped at 40 hours per week.