The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Canada’s heavy reliance on providing long-term care (LTC) in institutions, rather than in people’s homes – their preferred option. To provide more LTC services are provided at home, one solution might be cash-for-care benefits, which are direct public transfers paid to LTC recipients (or their caregivers) to support home care. Widely used in other OECD countries, such benefits could afford Canadians more autonomy and care choices.
Join us on Monday, June 21, for a webinar with University of Ottawa professor Colleen Flood, who will discuss her recent IRPP study on the potential advantages of cash-for-care benefits for improving long-term care in Canada. She will be joined by Ito Peng, professor of sociology and public policy at the University of Toronto, as well as Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate of British Columbia, in a discussion moderated by IRPP Research Director Colin Busby.
This is the final installment in a series of webinars examining LTC policy options and priorities for Canadian governments. The webinars are part of a broader IRPP initiative on long-term care reform, including a feature series of articles “Kick-Starting Reform in Long-Term Care,” in Policy Options, and new research produced by the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation and the Faces of Aging research program.
A moderated Q&A will follow the discussion. The presentations will be in English. Questions in French are welcome. Attendance is free, but registration is required and spaces are limited.
For more information, please contact Judy Manny at 438-885-0125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isobel Mackenzie is B.C.’s Seniors Advocate. She has over 20 years’ experience working with seniors in home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. Isobel led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, Beacon Community Services, serving over 6,000 seniors annually.
Ito Peng is professor of sociology and public policy at the University of Toronto. She teaches political sociology and comparative public policy, specializing in care and migration policies and welfare states.
Colin Busby is a research director at the IRPP. Prior to this, he was the associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He has also worked at Industry Canada and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. While he writes broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy.