Promised reviews of all Ontario nursing homes has fallen well short

The Ottawa Sun, Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency

This article was first posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013 , and published in the printed edition of the Ottawa Sun on the same date. The complete article is still available online.

LONDON, ONT. – Frightened by recent abuse exposed at a Peterborough nursing home, you want to know who’s protecting your loved ones in homes across Ontario. But if you’re hoping for an inspector to keep those nursing homes in line, you’re likely out of luck. Three years after Ontario’s Health Ministry promised annual inspections,only 123 of the province’s 600-plus homes have been put to the test with a full review, according to data reviewed by QMI Agency. “Nobody’s really watching,” said Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. In London, provincial inspectors have conducted thorough reviews of only five of 14 homes — 68% of residents live in homes not inspected, more than 1,500 people in total.

Who’s had a review?

Ontario health inspectors are supposed to do annual, 10-day reviews of each nursing home in Ontario but the vast majority of Ottawa homes haven’t had an inspection since the rules took effect in 2010:


  • Carleton Lodge
  • Carlingview Manor
  • Centre d’accueil Champlain
  • Ēlisabeth-Bruyère Residence
  • Extendicare Laurier Manor
  • Extendicare Medex
  • Extendicare New Orchard Lodge
  • Extendicare Starwood
  • Extendicare West End Villa
  • Forest Hill
  • Garden Terrace
  • Garry J. Armstrong Home
  • Glebe Centre
  • Hillel Lodge
  • Leisureworld Caregiving Centre – Madonna
  • Longfields Manor
  • Montfort
  • Peter D. Clark Centre
  • Residence Saint-Louis
  • Royal Ottawa Place
  • St Patrick’s Home
  • Stoneridge Manor
  • The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
  • Valley Stream Manor
  • Villa Marconi


  • Manoir Marochel
  • The Salvation Army Ottawa Grace Manor