About Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
The government of Ontario has launched a long-term care commission to look into how and why COVID-19 spread in long-term care homes, and the impact of COVID-19 on the existing system. The commission will deliver its report by April 30, 2021. The commission is being led by The Honourable Justice Frank Marrocco, who has participated in many inquiries including the Walkerton Inquiry. Ms. Angela Coke and Dr. Jack Kitts have also been appointed as commissioners. Click here to read more about the commissioners.
More than 3,200 residents died of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care system. Registered nurses and health-care professionals were at great personal risk within the homes due to many factors including lack of access to personal protective equipment, inadequate infection prevention and control procedures, and ineffective cohorting of residents, which led to further spread. These main factors will form the basis of ONA’s plan to inform the commission of key findings and evidence that will underpin positive changes in long-term care for residents and workers.
ONA has struck a well-seasoned fulsome team comprising of lawyers, labour relations officers, occupational health and safety specialists, communications and government relations officers, member mobilizers, and other experts to ensure our messages are heard loud and clear by the commission, the public and our members.
ONA’s next steps
We will provide you with the most up-to-date information, facts and actions about the long-term care commission. We will make sure that your voices and your stories are heard so that they can make a difference in improving Ontario’s long-term care sector. We are here for the residents in long-term care. We are here for our members. We are here to make sure that the shortfalls that happened during this pandemic never happen again.
Toronto Star Op-Ed (January 11, 2021)
ONA President Vicki McKenna writes that ONA is “appalled” that Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton has rejected the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s request for an extension to its investigation (Toronto Star, January 11, 2021). “It is clear that the commission has completed extensive work to date,” she writes. “However, with the second wave underway and the volumes of information that the commission continues to receive, there is much more work to be done to ensure a fulsome report and recommendations.” Read the complete op-ed.
Long-Term Care Commission Town Hall (September 10, 2020)
ONA hosted a first telephone town hall for our long-term care members to provide an overview of the long-term care commission, ONA’s plans, and next steps.