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Long-term Care

For decades — long before the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the systemic disregard for the elderly in Canada — health care advocates have been calling for federal leadership in ensuring comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality long-term care. Decades of funding cuts, privatization that puts people’s care in the hands of for-profit corporations, and weakened regulations have all contributed to a significant drop in the quality of care. Workers at long-term care homes are made vulnerable by the same issues hurting residents. Most of them women, they tell stories of impossible workloads, staffing shortages and low pay.

The Council of Canadians is bringing people from across the country together to call on the federal government to act urgently to ensure all seniors have the care they need now and in the future. People are always more important than profits. Caring for seniors and the workers who care for them is an essential part of our health care system that requires strong public oversight and funding.

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Time to make a national strategy for long-term care

The COVID-19 pandemic is showing that we must change how we care for our seniors – and we need to ...
Addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in seniors’ care homes requires fixing the working conditions in them

Addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in seniors’ care homes requires fixing the working conditions in them

Reports continue to pour in of COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and other seniors' care homes. More than ...
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Seniors’ care was in crisis before COVID-19

A crisis is growing in seniors’ care homes, exposing how older people are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of COVID-19. But ...
Council chapters and supporters to join massive rally for public health care in Ontario

Council chapters and supporters to join massive rally for public health care in Ontario

On April 30 at noon, people from across Ontario will converge on Queen’s Park to oppose new legislation that ...
Ford government announces plans to overhaul (devastate) public health care system

Ford government announces plans to overhaul (devastate) public health care system

The Council of Canadians is an active supporter of public health care. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the ...
Leak shows Ford government plans to privatize health care

Leak shows Ford government plans to privatize health care

A leaked document from the Ford government shows that the Progressive Conservatives are preparing to privatize health care in ...
Ford favours corporate tax cuts over pharmacare

Ford favours corporate tax cuts over pharmacare

The Council of Canadians is dismayed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford's weakening of pharmacare for youth and seniors while ...
Trudeau government implements Harper government's funding formula for health care

Trudeau government implements Harper government’s funding formula for health care

The Trudeau government has struck twelve deals with individual provinces and territories that end the 6 per cent funding ...
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