Long Term Care Homes - Covid 19

Class Action Launched on Behalf of Residents of 96 Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

A class action has been launched on behalf of the residents of 96 long-term care homes in Ontario that experienced devastating COVID-19 related outbreaks and their family members and estates.

The proposed action seeks damages from the owners and operators of long-term care homes arising from their alleged negligence, breaches of fiduciary duty and breaches of section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Sienna Senior Living Inc. and the City of Toronto are named as proposed Representative Defendants. The government of Ontario will be added as a defendant once the 60-day notice period expires.

Innis Ingram, an advocate for long-term care home residents and one of the nine proposed Representative Plaintiffs, said: "This class action seeks accountability from long-term care providers with regards to their mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaction and slow response time needlessly cost many lives and has seriously impacted countless more. This suit will hopefully be a catalyst for the change that is overdue in the long-term care system, which has been neglected for decades."

The Claim alleges that the government of Ontario and the Defendant owners and operators of long-term care homes ignored numerous red flags and failed to adopt timely and reasonable infection prevention and control measures to avoid exposing the elderly to the risk of infection with COVID-19. It also alleges that long-standing deficiencies in Ontario's long-term care system made these facilities ripe for infectious outbreaks, for which neither the government nor the homes were prepared. It further alleges that the Defendants negligently and recklessly adopted ad hoc and inadequate measures that exposed this elderly population to the risk of infection.

Joel P. Rochon, co-lead counsel in the proposed class action, stated: "This is not a case where it is appropriate to cherry pick certain homes arbitrarily, leaving hundreds, if not thousands, of the most vulnerable members of society unrepresented. The regrettable truth is that the outbreaks at these homes were entirely preventable".

The action is brought by Rochon Genova LLP, Himelfarb Proszanski and Cerise Latibeaudiere Law Professional Corporation. For more information, please contact Jon Sloan at [email protected] or 416-363-1867 x 299.

A comprehensive list of all long-term care facilities included in the Claim can be found below:

Almonte Country Haven

Altamont Care Community

Anson Place Care Centre

Bethany Lodge

Bradford Valley Care Community

Burton Manor

Camilla Care Community

Carlingview Manor

Chartwell Aurora Long-Term Care Residence

Chartwell Ballycliffe Long-Term Care Residence

Chartwell Gibson Long-Term Care Residence

Chartwell Westbury Long-Term Care Residence

Chartwell White Eagle Long-Term Care Residence

Cooksville Care Centre

Country Village Homes - Woodslee

Craiglee Nursing Home

Cummer Lodge

Downsview Long-Term Care Centre

Dundurn Place Care Centre

Eagle Terrace

Eatonville Care Centre

Élisabeth-Bruyère Residence

Elm Grove Living Centre

Erin Mills Lodge Nursing Home

Extendicare Bayview

Extendicare Brampton

Extendicare Guildwood

Extendicare Laurier Manor

Extendicare Scarborough

Faith Manor Nursing Home

Forest Heights Revera

Garden Court Nursing Home

Greenwood Court

Harold and Grace Baker Centre

Hastings Manor Home for the Aged

Hawthorne Place Care Centre

Hellenic Home - Scarborough

Heron Terrace Long-Term Care Community

Hillsdale Terraces

Humber Valley Terrace

Ina Grafton Gage Home

Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor

Kensington Village

Kipling Acres

Kristus Darzs Latvian Home

Lakeshore Lodge

MacKenzie Place

Madonna Care Community

Manoir Marochel

Markhaven

Meadow Park (London)

Midland Gardens Care Community

Mon Sheong Home for the Aged

Montfort

Orchard Villa Retirement Community

Owen Hill Care Community

Peel Manor

peopleCare A.R. Goudie Kitchener

Peter D. Clark Centre

Pinecrest (Plantagenet)

Pinecrest Nursing Home (Bobcaygeon)

Providence Healthcare (House of Providence)

ReachView Village

Residence Saint-Louis

River Glen Haven Nursing Home

Royal Rose Place

Seven Oaks

Shelburne Long-Term Care Home

Sherbourne Place

Sheridan Villa

St. Clair O'Connor Community Nursing Home

St. Joseph's at Fleming

St. Joseph's Villa, Sudbury

St. Patrick's Home

Stoneridge Manor

Sun Parlor Home for Senior Citizens

The Jewish Home for the Aged

The Kensington Gardens

The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre

The Village of Erin Meadows

The Village of Humber Heights

Trinity Village Care Centre

Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre

Valleyview Residence

View Mount Grace Manor

Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged

Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan)

Villa Forum

Villa Leonardo Gambin

Vision Nursing Home

Wellesley Central Place

West Park Health Centre

West Park Long-Term Care Centre

Weston Terrace Care Community

Westside

Woodbridge Vista Care Community


June 1, 2020 - Rochon Genova LLP together with Himelfarb Proszanski and Cerise Latibeaudiere Law Professional Corporation is currently investigating a potential class action involving several long term care facilities in Ontario with regards to their handling of the Covid 19 outbreak. If you or a loved one has been affected by this issue, please contact Jon Sloan at [email protected] or by calling 1-866-881-2292 for more information.