Building public healthcare: Care for the elderly
From as early as 1980, ONA identified specialized training in geriatric care as an area in need of development for nursing training across the province.
In 1987, ONA called for the creation of a bill of rights for nursing home residents and a monitoring system for nursing homes that would include the participation of employees and union representatives.
Since its introduction in 1996, ONA has been consistently opposed to competitive bidding, which opened up home care to the private sector, replacing the public home care system. Though the Ontario government has temporarily halted competitive bidding, to this day home care remains a privately provided service in Ontario, and some 10,000 people are on waiting lists, with wait times extending up to 262 days in some areas.
For the elderly (and others) in need of constant care, from the early 2000s, ONA has advocated and continues to advocate for a law guaranteeing a minimum of 4 hours per day of nursing and personal care for each Ontario resident in long-term care facilities.