The COVID-19 crisis shows how desperately we need to improve long-term care in Canada. We need to act now.
Communities across the country are flattening the curve — but many of our most vulnerable citizens living in long-term care centres are tragically affected. Over 80% of COVID-19 deaths are happening in long-term care. This is one of the highest proportions in the world.
The situation is so bad that the army had to be called in to care for seniors. Long-term care in Canada has long been underfunded and understaffed — and the federal government has allowed this to happen. Without national standards, the government is leaving the door open for for-profit companies to cut corners and put profit first — at the expense of the people we love.
Seniors deserve better, period. The NDP is calling on all parties to come together and implement a Seniors Care Guarantee:
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