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e-3206 (Health)

Initiated by Penny MacCourt from Nanaimo, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • COVID-19 has exposed both the degradation and suffering of vulnerable seniors in many long-term care (LTC) facilities, and the instability of the work force;
  • Privatization and deregulation have eroded the care seniors receive and profit is made at a cost to seniors, workers and taxpayers;
  • The number of direct care hours allocated per resident is neither standardized nor regulated;
  • Profit is made by underpaying and overworking frontline staff, which leads to high turnover and employment in multiple facilities, increasing risk of infections;
  • Profit is made by subcontracting food, laundry and other services often to the lowest bidder;
  • Government doesn’t have an effective monitoring system to identify substandard care in LTC facilities, nor enforceable consequences; and
  • Family members or councils are often the first to identify inadequate care.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Include long-term care in the public health system under the Canada Health Act;
2. Work with provinces to develop national standards for person-centred relational care that includes the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s Basic Care Guarantee staffing formula;
3. Eliminate profit-making by government-funded corporate for-profit chains by ensuring funds provided are spent as allocated and by banning subcontracting;
4. Standardize equitable and living wages and benefits, and implement single-site employment, for all staff;
5. Ensure government oversight and initiate strong penalties and claw-backs for facilities not complying with standards and regulations; and
6. Require independent family councils with protected rights.
Open for signature
February 24, 2021, at 11:52 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 25, 2021, at 11:52 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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