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Alberta proposes bill to merge continuing care rules, strengthen enforcement

BY The Canadian Press, Mar 29, 2022 12:20 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Alberta has introduced a bill to consolidate rules on continuing care for more consistent and stronger enforcement.

Health Minister Jason Copping says the aim is to bring together six related pieces of legislation and three standards of care, some going back more than 30 years.

All care facilities including home care, designated supported living facilities, and hospices would be licensed and regulated.

There would be more authority for the minister to monitor and enforce standards, and penalties for violations would increase to $100,000 a day from the current maximum of $1,000.

The government says it consulted with stakeholders for more than a year before introducing the bill.

If the bill passes, regulations are to be drawn up and changes brought in as early as next spring.

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