Long-Term Care and Federalism

Rebecca Jansen, Edmonton Social Planning Council
Description / Summary

In the wake of COVID-19, faults within Canada’s provincially regulated long-term care facilities became prominent news headlines. As some of us may recall, 80% of Canadian deaths occurred in long-term care facilities during the first eight months of COVID-19 (p. 3). These glaring statistics not only drew public attention to long-neglected issues but reignited calls for an entirely new long-term care system.

As author Carolyn Hughes Tuohy advocates, a more substantial role from the federal government may just be the answer to our perils. In her paper Federalism as a Strength: A Path Toward Ending the Crisis in Long-Term Care, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Tuohy outlines an augmented federalized long-term care strategy. A professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, her policy-focused approach embodies what she deems a mosaic type of reform.