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Long Term Care Homes – Covid 19


Toronto, March 13, 2024 – The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified six class actions on behalf of thousands of residents and visitors of Ontario long-term care homes who contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The lawsuits allege that the operators of these long-term care homes  were woefully unprepared for a pandemic and failed to take the necessary steps to protect their residents and visitors. In the certification decision, Justice E.M. Morgan noted that “the COVID-19 pandemic was a time of tragedy in Ontario’s LTC homes.” Over 4,000 residents’ lives were lost, with approximately half of those deaths taking place during the first wave of the pandemic. The decision notes that long-term care homes accounted for “some 80% of Canada’s COVID-19 fatalities during the first wave.”

The certified class actions include residents of more than 200 long-term care homes owned and managed by Chartwell Retirement Residences, Extendicare, Responsive Group, Revera, Schlegel Villages, Sienna Senior Living, and their affiliates.

Legislation enacted in 2020 by the provincial government to shield businesses from liability for COVID-19 transmission does not apply to gross negligence. The Court’s decision to greenlight these class actions highlights the gravity of the alleged gross negligence, including corporate LTC operators’ lack of preparedness and failure to take precautionary measures to protect LTC home residents  throughout the pandemic.

The Court also noted the profound emotional toll endured by affected families, making a class proceeding the preferred means for seeking justice. It also recognized that “inhibiting the LTC home industry from repeating any mistakes […]” was a significant goal of these class actions.

Moving forward, twenty-three representative plaintiffs will seek justice on behalf of  deceased residents, their families, and visitors in Ontario LTC homes who fell ill from COVID-19 and lost their lives during the pandemic. If you have any questions regarding the certification decision, you may contact class counsel:

Jon Sloan
[email protected]
(416) 363-1867 x 2990
1-800-462-3864 x 2990

The Court did not certify two other proposed class proceedings against Ontario municipalities and several other independently owned and operated homes, but indicated that the Plaintiffs may seek to advance those actions as standalone class actions if representative plaintiffs come forward. If you or your loved one were residents or visitors of one of the homes listed below, you may contact counsel for further information.


Municipal Homes:

City of Toronto

  • Cummer Lodge
  • Kipling Acres
  • Lakeshore Lodge
  • Seven Oaks
  • Wesburn Manor
  • Fudger House

Regional Municipality of Peel

  • Sheridan Villa
  • Peel Manor

City of Ottawa

  • Peter D. Clark Centre

County of Essex

  • Sun Parlor Home for Senior Citizens

Region of Durham

  • Hillsdale Terraces

Corporation of the County of Hastings

  • Hastings Manor Home for the Aged

Independently Owned Homes:

  • River Glen Haven Nursing Home
  • Downsview Long Term Care Centre
  • Burton Manor
  • Pinecrest (Bobcaygeon)
  • Grace Manor
  • Faith Manor
  • Hellenic Home Scarborough
  • Clair O’Connor Community Nursing Home
  • PeopleCare A.R Goudie Kitchener
  • Royal Rose Place
  • Meadow Park (London).
  • Heron Terrace Long-Term Care Community
  • Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan).
  • Valleyview Residence
  • Almonte Country Haven
  • Bethany Lodge
  • Élisabeth-Bruyère Residence
  • Residence Saint-Louis
  • The Kensington Gardens
  • Kristus Darzs Latvian Home
  • Markhaven
  • Mon Sheong Home for the Aged
  • Wellesley Central Place
  • Sherbourne Place
  • Garden Court Nursing Home
  • Joseph’s at Fleming
  • Joseph’s Villa, Sudbury
  • The Jewish Home for the Aged
  • Greenwood Court
  • Trinity Village Care Centre
  • Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre
  • Providence Healthcare Long-Term Care Home
  • Vision Nursing Home
  • Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
  • Patrick’s Home of Ottawa
  • Elm Grove Living Centre
  • Kensington Village
  • Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor



Update – January 4, 2023:

On December 20, 2022, Mr. Justice Edward Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class action brought on behalf of residents of long-term care homes in Ontario where devastating COVID-19 outbreaks took thousands of lives and caused untold suffering and grief.

The class action was launched in the summer of 2020 and alleges that Doug Ford’s Ontario government was grossly negligent by failing to prepared for and respond to the pandemic in Ontario’s long-term care homes in a timely and effective manner.

The claim alleges that the government ignored available early information and red flags about the risk of COVID-19 erupting in Ontario’s long-term care homes, many of which were ripe for outbreaks due to longstanding systemic deficiencies. Once the pandemic hit, it is alleged that the government recklessly adopted grossly delayed and inadequate measures which failed to respect the precautionary principle of not awaiting scientific certainty before applying multiple layers of infection prevention and control. The result was the exposure of thousands of residents of these LTC homes to the risk of COVID-19 infection and the resulting catastrophic loss of life.

Joel P. Rochon, co-lead counsel stated: “We welcome Justice Belobaba’s decision.  It recognizes the shared tragedy suffered by too many of Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens and the related grief and trauma experienced by their loved ones.  Now we look forward to advancing this important case forward, to secure substantive justice for these Class Members.”

For more information, please contact Jon Sloan at 1-866-881-2292 ext. 2990 or by email at [email protected].


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




Meadow Park (London)


Midland Gardens Care Community


Mon Sheong Home for the Aged




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




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.