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Canada signs $29 million bilateral agreement to help Islanders age with dignity: PEI News release, released by Prince Edward Island on 26 March 2024

Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news, I am Joy Stephen, a certified Canadian Immigration practitioner, and I bring to you this Provincial News Bulletin from the province of Prince Edward Island. This recording originates from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario.

   Every senior in Canada deserves to age in dignity, safety, and comfort, regardless of where they live. That is why the Government of Canada is investing close to $200 billion over 10 years, which includes $5.4 billion for tailored bilateral agreements with provinces and territories on Aging with Dignity.

Through the Aging with Dignity agreement, federal funding will support Prince Edward Island’s five-year action plan to improve health care for seniors. The plan will:
Increase access to home care services, including palliative care

Build a Hospital-at-Home service that brings licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and paramedics together to provide acute care services at home. This service is expected to help meet the needs of up to 1,450 seniors through interventions like advanced wound care; and
Increase the number of palliative home care coordinators working within PEI’s home care program to improve access to palliative care services in the community, reduce hospitalizations, and enhance end-of-life care for clients and their families.
Close quality and safety gaps in the long-term care sector

Hire additional health providers, like occupational, physical, and recreational therapists to provide services in private long-term care homes to improve the wellness and quality-of-life of residents;
Expand the implementation of InterRAI, a digital platform used to assess individuals health needs, to 10 private long-term care facilities to inform care planning and quality improvement across the long-term care sector in PEI;
Increase long-term care bed capacity and enable the provision of long-term care services to residents in more places, including rural communities, while facilitating comparable infection prevention and control; and
Launch mobile X-ray units across the long-term care sector to provide timely access to care and reduce the demand on patients transfers between care settings.
Progress on these initiatives and broader commitments will be measured against targets which Prince Edward Island will publicly report on annually.

Through this new agreement and the Working Together agreement signed in December 2023, Prince Edward Island will improve how health information is collected, shared, used and reported to Canadians; streamline foreign credential recognition for internationally educated health professionals; and facilitate the mobility of key health professionals within Canada; and fulfill shared responsibilities to uphold the Canada Health Act to protect Canadians’ access to health care that is based on need, not the ability to pay.

This latest development is of paramount importance to Healthcare Professionals contemplating immigration to Province of PEI. It offers invaluable insights into the current landscape, enabling Healthcare Professionals to fine-tune their immigration approaches to effectively meet the evolving demands of the industry. 

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