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Ontario's need for nurses, PSWs to top 33K and 50K by 2032: document

The Canadian Press requested a copy of the Long-Term Care transition binder after Stan Cho was named minister in September. Access was granted in February, and one of the pages — with no redactions — fully lays out the expected shortages.

Published May 13, 2024 at 2:41pm

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Ontario's need for nurses, PSWs to top 33K and 50K by 2032: document
The sign in front of SickKids hospital in Toronto, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Ontario will need 33,200 more nurses and 50,853 more personal support workers by 2032, the government projects — figures it tried to keep secret but were obtained by The Canadian Press.

The government recently won a fight in front of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to keep those figures under wraps after denying access to them to Global News following a freedom-of-information request from the outlet.

But the same FOI office made the information available to The Canadian Press through a separate request, a situation critics say exposes the frailties and arbitrariness of the access-to-information system.

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