Cabinet Shuffle - June 20, 2019
The MLPAO has identified the issue of increasing the number of Medical Laboratory Professionals being trained in Ontario as a priority in order to continue to meet the demands of its population.
As we are only beginning our lobbying efforts, these changes to cabinet come at an opportune time. The two Ministries we will be prioritizing have both seen recent changes. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be now simply be the Ministry of Health (MOH) with Long-Term Care becoming a stand-alone Ministry. Recent discussions have included Health Minster Elliott as she is largely responsible for our target audience on this issue. We have started informal discussions with the MOH and expect access to discuss our role in helping the province in shaping a solution for the medical laboratory industry in Ontario.
The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) new Minister is Minister Ross Romano. A lawyer specializing in civil and criminal litigation by training, Minister Romano has political experience being first elected as an MPP in the 2017 by-election. Prior to his work at Queens Park, Minister Romano was a City Councilor for Ward 6 in Sault Ste. Marie. With a fairly rural upbringing and lifelong residency in Sault Ste. Marie, Minister Romano will have additional insight into some of the challenges facing communities outside of the GTA.
While it is too early to make predictions as to his actions on this issue, we believe he will be highly receptive to our message that highlights the particularly negative affect of Medical Laboratory Professional shortages in rural and remote communities. We will be meeting his political advisers in the next few weeks. Additionally, we met with current staffers at the MTCU on June 20th who indicated that they do not expect any major policy changes with Minister Romano.
For further clarification or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Michelle Hoad, CEO
Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario
416.485.6768 ext 25