Feb 06, 2024
By Bob Komsic
Ontario’s Court of Appeal gives the green light to a class-action lawsuit against minister of long-term care for alleged negligence regarding the Ford governments response to the pandemic.
The four lead plaintiffs, who lost their parents to COVID or related complications in 2020, allege that while the province knew by the end of January of that year that residents of nursing homes were especially vulnerable, the government did not respond until it was too late.
A Superior Court justice certified the class action against the minister of long-term care, but did not allow it to proceed on several other grounds.
The government appealed that certification and the plaintiffs also appealed the decision not to certify a class action on the other grounds, including against the health minister and chief medical officer.
The just released decision upholds the Superior Court’s ruling.