Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority Board Members Nominated
McGuinty Government Making Retirement Homes Safer For Seniors
Ontario has nominated five members for appointment to the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority interim Board of Directors. Mary Catherine Lindberg would Chair the board and members would include: Madeline Edwards, Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, Christopher Jodhan and Carla Peppler.
The Authority will license retirement homes, conduct inspections, and investigate complaints to enforce care and safety standards, and support the rights of residents.
The province is helping to ensure that retirement homes in Ontario are operated so that residents live with dignity and respect, making them safer, providing security and accessibility for seniors.
- The Authority will also share information with operators, residents and the public about retirement home license requirements and best practices for their operation.
- According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there are approximately 40,000 seniors living in about 700 retirement homes in Ontario.
- Ontario's senior population is expected to double to nearly 4.1 million within 25 years.
- By 2017, for the first time in Ontario, seniors will account for a larger share of population than children 14 and under.
“This is an important step towards regulating retirement homes in the province of Ontario. I am confident in the ability of these individuals to help ensure the safety, security, and rights of Ontario's seniors. The nominees have a wealth of experience in public sector governance, board oversight and seniors' health issues that will be a tremendous asset to the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority.”