04/14/2014 01:39 EDT | Updated 06/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan starts posting personal care home inspection info online

REGINA - Saskatchewan residents looking for a personal care home for themselves or a family member can now get information about the facilities online.

The provincial government is posting inspection results for 243 personal care homes after changing legislation to allow the details to be shared with the public.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the results will help families and give operators incentive to provide the best care possible.

Personal care homes are licensed and monitored by Saskatchewan Health, but they are privately owned and operated.

People who wanted to see inspection reports used to have to file a freedom-of-information request with the government.

Duncan says the current format is an interim step while the government automates the inspection process so information can be posted faster later this year.