yup. The Legion set up the Tony Stacey Centre for veterans in Scarborough decades ago. Not sure exactly what happened but they apparently share control with the City and Province and have little or no say on who gets in, less than a third of the beds are vets and vets spouses now. Legion still gets to pick up the tab for most of the operating costs resulting in numerous fundraising and poppy donations yearly. Appears to be poorly run and having met some of the board members from the Legion not surprised,. Not that they are bad people just lacking the skill sets to run it.
I am not personally familiar with the Tony Stacey Centre and it's been a few decades since I had firsthand experience with funding of health care services in Ontario, however the internet is wonderful and I was able to find a variety of information that may be of interest and will specifically refute the statement that I've highlighted. According to the Registered Charity Information Return (T3010)
(as presented by Chimp from the information available at CRA
) of their roughly $6.7m budget, the majority of funding (67%) is provided by government; the amount from charitable fundraising (i.e. from the Legion) is minimal (3%). I assume that the rest is mostly from charges imposed on the residents.
To see what the facility has to say about itself:http://www.tonystaceycentre.ca/about.html
In August 1976, Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care (then called Metro Toronto Legion Village) opened its doors as a retirement home for veterans, their spouses, dependants, silver cross mothers and the community. In 1994 it changed from a retirement home to a long term care facility.
As to why a LTC facility cannot exclude some and be exclusively for veterans - the simple answer is, if a facility wants to be subsidized by the government they have to abide by government regulations. In Ontario, those regulations generally provide that admissions to subsidized LTC facilities are centrally coordinated.
As to how well the Tony Stacey Centre performs, there is some information available at CIHI
, however the indicators of administrative and financial performance are not available for this particular facility.