Jul 21, 2022
By Steve Kee
As temperatures have soared this week across much of the province, Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for several regions on some days.
But for some seniors in long-term care homes in the province, they still don’t have appropriate air conditioning to deal with the heat.
Confirming what his staff members said earlier this week, today Ontario’s long-term care minister says supply chain issues and COVID-19 outbreaks are hampering efforts to install air conditioning in all resident rooms.
Paul Calandra says the province is following up with long-term care homes that have failed to meet a government deadline 90 homes have yet to become fully air-conditioned.
Legislation passed last year required that homes install air conditioning in all resident rooms by June 22 of this year.
A spokesperson for the ministry says 537 of the province’s 627 long-term care homes were fully air-conditioned as of Tuesday.
The ministry could not say how many residents are affected.