The following provides an overview of the purpose, structure and membership of the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety. Updates on Task Force activities will be posted periodically on this site. For details on how to participate in the consultation go to Your Voice.


Terms of Reference (pdf)



In response to media reports of incidents of abuse and neglect in long-term care homes and underreporting of these incidents, the long-term care sector created a task force to examine and address these issues. The task force is independent of government and has broad representation from across the sector, including family and resident councils, nurses, physicians, personal support workers, unions, long-term care provider associations and advocates.



To develop an action plan that examines and addresses the factors contributing to incidents of abuse or neglect in long-term care homes with the goal of helping to prevent these incidents, supporting a zero tolerance of abuse policy, continuing to advance a culture of openness and transparency in long-term care homes, and restoring public confidence that residents receive high quality care and are treated with dignity and respect. The action plan will be shared with the public.



  • The task force will invite submissions from residents, family members, staff, volunteers and other interested stakeholders.
  • The task force will seek further advice from selected subject matter and industry experts on best practices and related issues.


Task Force Objectives


The Task Force is expected to complete its Action Plan by the end of April, 2012. The plan will be made public shortly thereafter.



Dr. Gail Donner, External Chair Dean and Professor Emerita, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Dr. Phyllis Hymmen Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities
Diane Sheldon Family Member
Maria Elias Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
Donna Rubin Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
Donna Fairley Ontario Association of Residents' Councils
Lorraine Purdon Ontario Family Councils Program
Gail Paech Ontario Long-Term Care Association
Dan Kaniuk Ontario Long-Term Care Association
Dr. Evelyn Williams Ontario Long Term Care Physicians
Terri Kay Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Bev Mathers Ontario Nurses' Association
Tanya Bultje Personal Support Network of Ontario; Personal Support Worker Ontario
Josie Santos Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
Beth McCracken Registered Practical Nurses' Association of Ontario
Sharron Cooke Resident
Sharleen Stewart Service Employees International Union