On July 19, 2016, the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC) filed a Manitoba Human Rights Complaint

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On July 19, 2016, the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC) filed a Manitoba Human Rights Complaint on behalf of Tyson Sylvester and Amelia (Amy) Hampton against Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, Manitoba Families, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA).

The complaint stated that the Respondents have discriminated against Mr. Sylvester, Ms. Hampton, and others based on their age and physical disability. Tyson, Amy, and others qualified for comprehensive resources before they graduated high school or turned 18 (whichever came first). After graduating high school or turning 18, they no longer qualified for these resources despite continuing to have the same needs.

The Respondents have each been provided the opportunity to respond to the complaints. Their response is as follows:

  • On 19 October 2016, the WRHA responded by indicating that they deny the complaint. Specifically, they are not responsible for the administration of the Children’s disABILITY Services Program (“CDSP”) or the Community Living disABILITY Services (“CLDS”). They indicated that the MHCP is not intended to eliminate the role of families in providing personal care. They also indicated that the complaint is frivolous and vexatious.
  • On 21 October 2016, Manitoba Families responded by indicating that there was no merit to the complaint. They stated that it is frivolous is nature because the CLDS is ameliorative in nature.
  • On 18 October 2016, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living responded by stating that they are not service providers and therefore cannot be found to be discriminating against Tyson and Amy. Rather, they state that the RHAs are responsible for the provision of services.

Currently we are waiting for the report of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission in response to the complaint.

Province Receives Report On Home Care Services in Manitoba

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January 26, 2017


The province today released a report commissioned following a review of
Manitoba home care services by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG)
in 2015, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen

“Provinces across Canada are struggling with the increased costs of
health care associated with aging populations and chronic disease,” said
Goertzen. “Manitobans deserve high-quality health care and home care
services, and our government is reviewing this report and considering
the recommendations. The task will be made significantly more
challenging by proposed federal changes to the Canada Health Transfer,
which will take $18 million from Manitoba’s health care system in 2017-18.”

The 2015 OAG review recommended steps be taken to improve service
quality, timeliness and consistency and that needs assessments and care
plans be completed to ensure both short and long-term strategies are in
place to meet the needs of Manitobans. /The Future of Home Care Services
in Manitoba/ report was developed by consultant Reg Toews.

“Reductions to health transfer funding by the federal government will
have a significant impact on our ability to deliver health-care services
for Manitobans,” said Goertzen. “We will keep advocating for the
federal government to contribute its share to health care for all
Canadians, and continue to make appropriate investments to improve this
service relied on by so many Manitoba families.”

The report finds Manitoba is projected to experience a significant
increase in home care admissions over the next 20 years, requiring a
financial investment of an additional $572 million over the same time
frame to provide basic services for clients.

“We want to thank Mr. Toews, as well as the many stakeholders, staff,
clients and families he consulted for the thorough work on this vital
and complicated issue,” said Goertzen. “The report reflects the
contributions of a wide cross-section of Manitobans and as a result
provides a very detailed analysis of the issues and a number of
recommendations for our consideration.”

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Province Launches Conversation on Health-Care Funding

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January 26, 2017


Manitoba has launched a social media and web-based public awareness
campaign to inform the public of the significant impact of reduced and
eroding federal funding for health care, Health, Seniors and Active
Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Health care is the single largest budget item for provinces and
territories, each of which is responsible for the delivery of quality
health services for Canadians,” said Goertzen. “The federal
government’s unilateral approach and refusal to engage in a discussion
around the importance of a long-term and sustainable partnership on
health care funding should be of concern to every Manitoban.”

Created 50 years ago, Medicare originated with 50/50 cost sharing of
health care between federal and provincial governments. Today,
provinces pay more than 75 per cent of health-care costs and the federal
government continues to reduce growth in health-care funding.

The minister said the result is a $30 billion gap between the proposal
the federal government has made to some provinces and territories and
what evidence-based studies indicated is actually needed to maintain the
sustainability of health-care systems, even with an additional $11
billion in targeted funding.

“Manitoba is facing a challenging fiscal situation and the federal
government’s decision to reduce health-care funding by more than $1
billion over the next 10 years is going to put additional strain on our
ability to provide services to Manitobans,” said Goertzen. “Federal
funding is essential if we are to address the increasing costs
associated with the health- care needs of our growing and aging population.”

Manitobans need the federal government at the table for a discussion on
the future of health care, the minister said. He is urging Manitobans
to join the conversation via social media using the hashtag
#sharethehealthcanada and to share their concerns directly with members
of Parliament, the minister added.

“By working together, we can find solutions that will work for
Canadians,” said Goertzen. “We believe health care is worth the

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