Could Long-Term Care Home Managers Receive Criminal Charges?


Two long-term care home staff face criminal charges in the U.S. for their pandemic response and although the same could happen in Canada, lawyers say proposed Criminal Code changes could make a bigger difference in holding managers accountable. Over 2,000 residents have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic in Ontario alone, and long-term care deaths have accounted for 80 per cent of Canada’s total. There are numerous proposed class actions against long-term care operators and individual homes in Canada and Ontario has a commission to evaluate the response of the provincial government, long-term care homes and other actors.

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