LETTER & EVENTS: Call for Human Rights Inquiry Into Systemic Discrimination Against the Elderly in Ontario Hospitals and Long-Term Care
Posted: March 16, 2021
(March 16, 2021)
The Ontario Health Coalition, the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly & CUPE/OCHU are calling on the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner to conduct a formal Inquiry into the human rights discrimination against the elderly in access to and levels of care in hospitals and long-term care.
Elderly people are bearing the brunt of Ontario’s cuts to beds, staff and resources in hospital and long-term care. As a result, elderly Ontarians are denied access to care and when it is provided, care is woefully inadequate. Covid-19 has highlighted the terrible and disproportionate impact that this rationing has on older members of our society. Government and institutional policy has resulted in discrimination in the availability of health care based on age. Everyone, regardless of age, has a fundamental right to access the health care system for the services that they require. We call upon the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into discrimination against the elderly in accessing these vital healthcare services and we call upon the Government of Ontario to take immediate action.
Take Action: Here is how you can be involved
Take action and call for an end to human rights violations against the elderly in Ontario long-term care homes and hospitals by sending an email to the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, Premier Doug Ford & your local MPP here.
Press conferences will be held across the province to release this call for a Human Rights Inquiry. Everyone is invited to view the press conference in your area, which will all be live streamed to the Ontario Health Coalition Facebook page here. The schedule for the press conference can be found below.
Press Conference Schedule
|Toronto||March 16 at 11 am|
|Ottawa/Pembroke||March 17 at 11 am|
|Hamilton/Niagara||March 18 at 1 pm|
|Sudbury||March 19 at 11 am|
|North Bay||March 19 at 1 pm|
|Sault Ste. Marie||March 22 at 11 am|
|Thunder Bay||March 22 at 1 pm|
|Oshawa/Peterborough/Lindsay||March 23 at 1 pm|
|London/Kitchener/Guelph/Stratford/Windsor/Sarnia/Chatham||March 24 at 11 am|
|Brockville/Smith’s Falls/Perth||March 24 at 1 pm|
|Kingston||March 25 at 11 am|
|Cornwall||March 25 at 1 pm|
|Kenora/Dryden/Fort Frances/Sioux Lookout||March 26 at 2 pm|