Trudeau announces $32 million in federal funding for Saskatchewan. long-term care while visiting Saskatoon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Saskatoon on Wednesday with an agenda that includes meeting with long-term care residents and vaccine researchers, as well as a visit to a daycare center.

The premier’s first stop was at St. Ann’s Senior Citizen Center long-term care home. In a joint announcement with Saskatchewan Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health Everett Hindley, Trudeau said the federal government has agreed to give the Government of Saskatchewan $32 million. dollars to improve care for seniors living in long-term care facilities.

Trudeau said the money will go towards improved care, safer dining practices, increased cleaning at cleaning sites and staff safety protocols.

Federal funding is provided through the Long-Term Care Security Fund. Nine provinces, including Saskatchewan, receive funding.

“These investments are making a real difference for people and for caregivers,” Trudeau said.

Hindley said the past two years had been difficult as the pandemic raged. He said the restrictions and feelings of isolation have been particularly difficult for older people.

“We appreciate the federal government’s support today for the work Saskatchewan has done to improve infection prevention and control measures in long-term care facilities over the past two years,” Hindley said.

Next, Trudeau will meet with students from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Biological Resources and the university’s Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO).

VIDO has been at the forefront of Canada’s efforts to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

Trudeau will make his final stop at a daycare, where he will discuss childcare and early learning with families.