COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Policy for Older People in Canada

Daniel Béland, Patrik Marier (2020)
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 32(4/5): 358-364


Older people are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, including and especially people living in long-term care facilities. In this Perspective, we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care policy in Canada. More specifically, we use the example of recent developments in Quebec, where a tragedy in a specific facility is acting as a dramatic “focusing event”. It draws attention to the problems facing long-term care facilities, considering existing policy legacies and the opening of a “policy window” that may facilitate comprehensive reforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.