The crisis in long-term care is not something new. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has brought to light severe ongoing problems in that sector. Decades of underfunding, understaffing, poor working conditions, and a focus on profits over quality care have eroded Canada’s system of long-term care to the breaking point, leaving us tragically unprepared to protect the lives of our most vulnerable.
CUPE National launched a campaign in May to fix the broken long-term care system. CUPE is demanding the federal government lead the way by making long-term care an accessible, publicly funded, and universal health care service
The campaign draws attention to the deep issues that exist within long term care across Canada and calls for governments to fix the broken system now.