As the military helps out in care facilities, they are voicing their concern about what's going on in these places. A resulting report on Ontario long term care homes was called "deeply troubling" by the Prime Minister. He also called for action to be taken.
Justin Trudeau shared information about long term care homes in Ontario during his press conference on May 26.
"Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are doing an incredible job," he said of those helping out at those facilities.
But during their time there, members have made observations about those long term care homes that the Prime Minister called "extremely troubling."
He read a report from the military about the state of the homes on May 25, a report shared with the provincial government.
Earlier in the day, he had a conversation with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and assured him that the federal government will support the province as the situation is dealt with.
When reading the report, Trudeau said he had "a range of emotions; of anger, of sadness, of frustration, of grief."
He noted that action needs to be taken in these homes.
"We need to do a better job of taking care of our elders in long term care facilities in Ontario and indeed right across the country," Trudeau said.
Ford addressed the report during his own press conference that same day.
"The reports they provided us were heartbreaking, they were horrific. It's shocking that these things can happen here in Canada," he said.
Those things include concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and the level of care.
Ford teared up multiple times while talking about the findings and assured people that the system will be fixed.
"It was the worst report—the most heart-wrenching report—I have ever read in my entire life," says Ontario Premier… https://t.co/bMBan2SMcb— CPAC (@CPAC) 1590516410
"Over the last few weeks, our women and men in uniform have been working to help the most vulnerable Canadians as we deal with this pandemic," Trudeau said.
There have been new requests received in the last couple of days from Ontario and Quebec to extend the military's deployment in long term care facilities.
Trudeau said they are following up with the two provinces about the request.
Ontario has asked for an extension of at least 30 days.