Despite numerous government-commissioned reports over the past 20 years calling for major reforms to Canada’s long-term care, governments have yet to take serious action. Will public outrage at the systemic failures exposed by the pandemic be a catalyst for meaningful change? In order to set out an ambitious and realistic action plan for fundamental reform, what should be the top policy priorities to kick start the process and show tangible results?
We held an in-depth discussion on how, once the pandemic subsides, federal, provincial and territorial governments should address the long-standing problems plaguing the long-term care system. Our guests were André Picard, Samir Sinha, and Tamara Daly, and the event was moderated by IRPP VP Research France St-Hilaire.
This was the first of a series of IRPP webinars examining policy options and priorities for Canada’s governments to keep long-term care reform near the top of their post-pandemic agenda.
Tamara Daly is a professor of health policy, equity and gender at York University; director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and Education; and director of the Imagining Age-Friendly “Communities within Communities” SSHRC Partnership.
André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail. He is the author of five bestselling books, including Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic.
Samir Sinha is the director of geriatrics for the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
France St-Hilaire oversees the Institute’s research agenda and coordinates certain projects on economic and social policy. She has written extensively on public finance, social policy and fiscal federalism.