Ontario reviewing nursing agency practices in long-term care homes, minister says
TORONTO — Ontario's long-term care minister says the province is reviewing pricing practices of nursing agencies.
Paul Calandra says the government has formed a technical committee to examine the challenges long-term care homes are facing.
A long-term care association that represents Ontario's non-profit homes say they are being overcharged by nursing agencies.
AdvantAge Ontario said two weeks ago that 100 of its long-term care homes across the province are paying $6 million per month collectively to nursing agencies.
Competition for nurses and personal support workers across the province remains fierce as the health-care system grapples with a severe staffing shortage.
The province says it is looking for recommendations from long-term care associations to address the issue.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2023.
The Canadian Press