Nicole Normand is asking the United Counties of Prescott and Russell to increase the per diem funding for subsidized residents.

Normand is the director of Résidence St-Mathieu in Hammond; her dollar-and-a-half request comes on behalf of the Prescott-Russell Private Residence Association.

According to Anne Comtois Lalonde, the UCPR’s director of social services, the increase affects 450 residents across 34 different residences in Prescott-Russell. The per diem will be going from $54 to $55 for each resident per day beginning in July. The other fifty cents will be considered in the 2019 budget.

Comtois Lalonde said the increase was necessary to cover higher operation costs linked to the minimum salary increase.

“To maintain the quality of service in these residences, the extra dollar is appropriate,” she said.

The UCPR subsidies vary depending on a resident’s income. Recent increases to the Old Age Security pension and the Ontario Disability Support Program mean the UCPR doesn’t have to pay as much in subsidies. Those savings allowed for the per diem increase.  

During the meeting, Comtois Lalonde announced her retirement in March next year. She’s been with the UCPR for 26 years, 15 of which as the director of social services.