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Coronavirus: Ontario nursing homes losing staff to Amazon and film industry, association says

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A group representing the majority of Ontario’s long-term care homes say they are losing staff to places like Amazon, airports and the film industry.

The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says the staffing crisis is worsening now that other industries need people like infection prevention and control specialists.

Staffing shortages have been cited to the province’s long-term care commission as one of the primary reasons COVID-19 had such devastating effects in nursing homes.

CEO Donna Duncan says addressing that issue is one of its top recommendations to the province ahead of the upcoming budget.

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She says money alone will not solve the staffing problem as pay increases last summer have not increased the numbers of qualified workers.

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COVID-19 has killed more than 3,700 residents in Ontario’s long-term care homes.


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