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Long Term Care Homes – Covid 19

ONTARIO CLASS ACTION CERTIFIED

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

 

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.