Organizations throughout Quebec and the Eastern Townships were perplexed and disappointed Friday after the government unveiled its 2021-2022 budget.
In a press release, the Regroupement des aidants naturels du Québec (RANQ) said it was anxious to learn the exact amounts allocated towards support for caregivers in the province, which is expected to be released on April 28.
“The budget shows an investment in home care, but the whole vision and organization must be reviewed,” said RANQ Executive Director Mélanie Perroux. “Today, 85 per cent of care is provided by family caregivers, to the detriment of their mental, physical and financial health.”
The budget gives an additional $19 million to increase the current support for caregivers, according to the RANQ, but the organization noted that there needs to be a more profound change to the system.