Canada's NDP

It’s time for a Seniors Care Guarantee

The COVID-19 crisis shows how desperately we need to improve long-term care in Canada. We need to act now.

The second wave of the pandemic in Canada is hurting hard – and seniors in long-term care are suffering the tragic consequences. Staff are struggling to keep up and the outbreaks in care homes are devastating.

This is a crisis of leadership.

The federal government needs to stand up and lead on this file. 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.

When deciding how much care to give to seniors, no one should ever ask “how much money can we make?”

Seniors deserve better, period. The NDP is calling on all parties to come together and implement a Seniors Care Guarantee:

  • An end to profit-driven long-term care homes.
  • A promise to seniors that they will have safe, dignified care – both at home and in care homes – available to them as they age.
  • A promise to families that they will know their loved ones will have the care they deserve, with inspections, appropriate levels of care and staff ratios.
  • A promise to workers that wages will reflect the value of their work and allow them to live in dignity without having to work multiple jobs. And a promise that, at work, they will have access to protective equipment and safe working conditions.
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