Both the ministries for health and for long-term care will provide pandemic pay funding aid to the UCPR
The Ministry of Health will provide one-time funding up to $491,400 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year towards the UCPR’s pandemic pay initiative for its emergency services program. Local paramedics have had extra demands on their time, both dealing with their usual call volume, and also helping the Eastern Ontario Health Unit with its COVID-19 testing assessment program.
The UCPR will also receive pandemic pay funding help from the Ministry of Long-Term Care for front-line and support workers at the Prescott-Russell Residence, who have had to deal with greater challenges in caring for their clients and keeping them safe from COVID-19 during the current pandemic situation. The money will come out of a special funding aid program of more than $300 million that the provincial government set up to assist all long-term care facilities in Ontario during the pandemic.