11/07/2013 03:39 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

Saskatchewan tables bill to make inspections of personal care homes public

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has tabled proposed legislation that would make inspections of personal care homes public.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says people now have to file a freedom of information request to get the inspection results.

But Duncan says making the inspections public gives families easier access to information when they're deciding whether to move a relative into a personal care home.

Both the provincial auditor and the ombudsman have said more information about personal care homes should be available to the public.

Personal care homes are privately owned and operated facilities, unlike long-term care or nursing homes.

The legislation is expected to be passed next spring and inspection information would be online later next year.