- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Saskatchewan has offered $32 million in funding for long-term care.
- The money would recuperate costs incurred during the pandemic as the province battled COVID-19 spread in long-term care institutions.
- Trudeau was in Kamloops for a memorial ceremony at a former residential school where 215 purported graves were uncovered a year ago.
In Saskatchewan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged $32 million in financing for long-term care.
On Wednesday, he announced during a visit to St. Ann’s Senior Citizens’ Village in Saskatoon.
COVID-19 initiatives such as safer dining habits increased cleaning and housekeeping, and enhanced personnel screening methods would be funded, according to Trudeau.
“I’ve had the opportunity to thank many long-term care employees and hear their stories about their worries over the past few years,” Trudeau said.
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The money will come from the Safe Long-Term Care Fund, a federal program.
Everett Hindley, the Saskatchewan Seniors Minister, was present with Trudeau.
“We appreciate the federal govt’s support today for the work Saskatchewan has done over the last couple of years to strengthen infection prevention and control measures, as well as long-term care,” Hindley said.
According to him, the funds will be used to recoup expenditures paid during the pandemic as the province fought to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in long-term care facilities.
Outside the care home, about two dozen protestors jeered the Prime Minister as he walked away.
Trudeau met with agriculture students from the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday afternoon.
He then moved on a tour of the university’s Vaccine as well as Infectious Disease Organization, where researchers are working on a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Thank you for everything you do on behalf of 38 million Canadians,” Trudeau said outside the facility.
“You sprung into action when the pandemic struck, and everyone had to bunker down. You put aside your research programs and long-standing obligations to focus on COVID-19 in extraordinary ways, becoming the first place in Canada to sequence and isolate COVID-19, allowing us to respond quickly, “Trudeau stated the following.
His final visit of the day is to a daycare, where he will meet with families and talk about child care and early learning.
On Monday, Trudeau was in Kamloops, British Columbia, for a memorial service at a former residential school where 215 alleged graves were discovered a year ago.
Source: CTV News