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Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022 supports Ontario’s Plan to Stay Open by building a stronger, more resilient health system

The Ontario government passed the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022, a critical component of the province’s Plan to Stay Open. Among other measures, the legislation bolsters Ontario’s health workforce by recognizing foreign-credentialed workers and giving publicly-funded personal support workers (PSWs) and direct support workers (DSWs) a permanent raise.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the pressing need for an improved crisis plan in Ontario. Stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) were depleted or expired, emergency protocols were under-developed and out-of-date and the province’s health care system was chronically underfunded and understaffed.

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