Ontario bill to keep couples together in long-term care passes key stage
'Till Death Do Us Part' Act would ensure couples can live together even if care needs differ
Ontario politicians say they plan to examine a bill that would enshrine the rights of couples to live together in the province's long-term care system when they return to the legislature next month.
NDP legislator Catherine Fife's bill — dubbed the Till Death Do Us Part Act — passed second reading in December and will now come before a committee for review.
Fife's bill would amend the provincial long-term care bill of rights to ensure couples continue to live with their spouse or partner even if their care needs are different.
Progressive Conservative legislators voted in favour of Fife's bill in December but it must still pass a third and final reading before becoming law.
A spokeswoman for Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton says the government is committed to examining how it can keep loved-ones together in long-term care.