Catherine Fife MPP, Waterloo

Government of Ontario

Ontario families deserve justice for Conservative LTC failures during COVID-19

Published on February 6, 2024

NIAGARA FALLS – MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls), Official Opposition critic for Long-Term Care (LTC) released the following statement in response to Ford’s Conservatives facing a lawsuit for negligence in LTC during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

“Conservative failures in Long Term Care led to thousands of preventable deaths during the pandemic. The Conservatives knew that our friends, parents, and grandparents in LTC were vulnerable, and they acted far too late, with too little urgency.  

Today, families of Ontario’s seniors took another big step forward in their fight for justice for their lost loved ones. The families of those we lost in LTC deserve answers and justice. Together we will create an Ontario where this never happens again.” 


  • In September 2023, the Ontario Ombudsman released a shocking report that painted a picture of ‘collapse’ in Ontario’s LTC response. 
    • The Ombudsman found that 4335 residents and 13 LTC staff died between March 2020 and April 2022 
  • Since 2020, Ford’s Conservatives have continued to reward bad actor LTC homes with MZOs and expansions. The Conservatives have even passed legislation to protect LTC operators from facing consequences. 

  • The LTC file has been passed like a hot potato, with 4 LTC Ministers in 5 years.