Ontario Not-for-Profit LTC and Retirement Homes form Vaccination Coalition

Coalition designed to improve resident safety, protect against legal challenges

May 19, 2022 - A coalition of not-for-profit long-term care and retirement homes have implemented policies that will require all staff, volunteers, and support workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

To date, 48 homes have banded together to put those mandatory vaccination policies in place.

The homes formed the vaccination coalition in the interest of resident safety and to protect AdvantAge Ontario members from the risk of legal action.

“The best way to stop the spread of infection is to prevent it from coming through the front door”, said Jeff Renaud, Administrator at Ritz Lutheran Villa, and a member of the coalition. “Our doors are now open, making mandatory vaccinations just as important as ever.”

In early March 2022, the provincial government removed mandatory vaccination policies for long-term care homes, and instead left the decision to individual homes. The resulting patchwork policy framework leaves independent not-for-profit homes vulnerable to legal challenges.

“Ideally, government would have retained the vaccine mandate for long-term care workers,” said Renaud. “Since they haven’t, these decisions fall on long-term care and retirement homes. We are not part of large chains that have more resources to implement these policies. This coalition allows us to join together to support each other and implement a similar set of policies. Our goal, ultimately, is to protect residents and staff and to save lives.”

The coalition homes are all members of AdvantAge Ontario, the provincial association representing over 200 not-for-profit, municipally-owned, hospital-led, and charitable homes. AdvantAge Ontario has long held that mandatory vaccinations for health care workers are crucial to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and that mandatory vaccinations are important for all healthcare workers.

“The vast majority of our members would like the government to reinstate the mandatory vaccination policy for all health care workers,” said Lisa Levin, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario.

Without a consistent government policy, many small not-for-profit long-term care and retirement homes are assuming a legal risk by introducing their own policy.

“It’s a risk many homes have difficulty taking on their own, and I understand that,” said Levin.


AdvantAge Ontario

AdvantAge Ontario has been the trusted voice for not-for-profit senior care for over 100 years and is the only provincial association representing the full spectrum of the senior care continuum. Our more than 400 members are located across the province and include not-for-profit, charitable, municipal, and hospital-affiliated long-term care homes, seniors’ housing, assisted living in supportive housing, and community service agencies.

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Contact:

Chris Noone 
Manager, Communications and Member Services 
W: 905.851.8821  x 253 
cnoone@advantageontario.ca 


Backgrounder
Vaccine Coalition members include the following:

Coalition Member Name Ontario Municipality
 Au Chateau  Sturgeon Falls
 Cedarhurst Dementia Care Home  North York
 Ritz Lutheran Villa
West Perth Village
 Mitchell
 Grove Park Home  Barrie
 Golden Manor Home for the Aged  Timmins
 Hornepayne Community Hospital  Hornepayne
 The Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf  Barrie
 Mariann Home  Richmond Hill
 County of Simcoe:
• Georgian Manor LTC – Penetanguishene
• Georgian Residences RH – Penetanguishene
• Simcoe Manor LTC – Beeton
• Simcoe Village Supportive Housing – Beeton
• Sunset Manor – Collingwood
• Trillium Manor – Orillia
 Simcoe
 The John M Parrott Centre, County of Lennox & Addington  Napanee
 Shepherd Village  Toronto
 Algonquin Nursing Home  Mattawa
 John Noble Home  Brantford
 Ehatare Retirement and Nursing Home  Toronto
 Grey County Long Term Care:
• Grey Gables
• Lee Manor
• Rockwood Terrace
Grey Gables in Markdale,
Lee Manor in Owen Sound and
Rockwood Terrace in Durham
 Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor  Toronto
 Lakeland Long-Term Care  Parry Sound
 Belvedere Heights  Parry Sound
 County of Renfrew:
• Bonnechere Manor- Renfrew
• Miramichi Lodge - Pembroke
 County of Renfrew
 Belmont House  Toronto
 Villa Colombo Toronto  Toronto
 Albright Gardens Homes  Beamsville
 Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home  Lion's Head
 St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa  Ottawa
 St. Joseph's Health Centre  Sudbury
 Kristus Darzs Latvian Home  Woodbridge
 Chester Village  Toronto
 Marianhill  Pembroke
 North Centennial Manor  Kapuskasing
 Parkview Home  Stouffville
 Fairmount Home  Kingston
 Sherwood Park Manor  Brockville
 Atikokan General Hospital  Atikokan
 Humber Meadows Long Term Care Home
 Toronto
 Lanark Lodge
 Perth
 John Paul II Care Centre of Copernicus Lodge
 Toronto
 Dom Lipa
 Toronto
 Victoria Village Manor  Barrie