Quebec judge OK’s class-action suit over COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes – CBC

More than 5,000 people died in Quebec’s long-term care homes during period covered by suit

Jan 23, 2024

A Quebec judge has given the green light to a class-action lawsuit that alleges the Quebec government made a series of mistakes when the pandemic began that contributed to large outbreaks and thousands of deaths.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all residents of public long-term care homes (or CHSLDs as they’re called in Quebec) that experienced major COVID-19 outbreaks between March 13, 2020, and March 20, 2021.

That means there are 118 long-term care homes included in the class-action lawsuit, according to Patrick Martin-Ménard, the lawyer who pushed for the suit to be authorized.

“What happened in March 2020 was not a storm in a blue sky,” the lawyer said during a news conference on Tuesday.

“We may not have known what COVID was, but we knew about the risks of a pandemic and we knew about the ways to get ready for one.”

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