Sign the Petition
PIMO’s petition, which was launched June 1, 2017, is aimed at encouraging our elected officials to act on theComprehensive Attendant Services Policy by adopting a provincial funding program providing all regions of Quebec with structured attendant services and to support the Montreal model, which is ready for implementation. This is the petition:
Petition with the Montreal Attendant Services Board
- Thousands of Quebeckers are confined to their homes due to a lack of attendant services:
- In 2010-2011, nearly 84,000 Quebeckers said they had not received the assistance they needed to get to medical visits or see friends and some 420,000 were very upset about their problems engaging in social activities (source: Survey on Activity Limitations, Chronic Diseases and Aging, 2010-2011 (EQLAV)—Enquête québécoise sur les limitations d’activités, les maladies chroniques et le vieillissement).
- The Quebec government’s policy Equals in Every Respect—À part entière recognizes the need to provide structured attendant services to disabled individuals and their families throughout Quebec.
- An attendant services model combining services from the volunteer network with PIMO’s staff attendants has been developed and successfully tested in Montreal.
- Insufficient existing attendant services.
- The need for such services is expected to rise with an aging population.
- Family and friend attendants are already overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
- Volunteers cannot respond to all needs.
- The government has opted to support home assistance.
A provincial funding program enabling all regions of Quebec to acquire structured attendant services AND support for the ready-to-be-deployed Montreal model.
The government has adopted a policy, we have developed a model and we are ready to roll it out. Help us keep this policy from dying in childbirth!
Public support is particularly important this year because PIMO will no longer receive the Centraide funding that supported its efforts to promote attendant services. This means it will be more difficult to convince the government to invest in such services. Furthermore, only those with adequate resources can pay for attendant services. Many others will remain confined to their homes. Is this the kind of society we want?
Please sign and send back the petition by mail. The petition will be posted on the Quebec National Assembly’s site in late February 2018 for the maximum-allowed period of three months. Make sure to pass the word and encourage your friends and family to sign it as well.
Please support us by signing this petition. Just print, sign and mail back to PIMO, 215-2030 boulevard Pie-IX, Montreal, QC H1V 2C8.
The petition will be posted online at the Quebec National Assembly’s site starting March 1, 2018.