Premier Darrell Dexter announced today that the cost of accommodating one person in long-term care will be based on 40 per cent of a couple's combined income.
It's now based on half of a couple's income.
The provincial government says between 700 and 1,000 couples may benefit from the change over.
The government is also increasing the amount a couple can earn before they have to pay for their accommodation.
The spousal income threshold will increase from $18,064 to $20,000.