Long-term Care Covid-19 External Review


  • Open
    • May 2022 - Winter 2023
  • Public consultation
    • Complete
  • Final Report
    • Winter 2023


In May 2022 the Long-Term Care COVID-19 External Review Panel began its study of the pandemic and the response to COVID-19 in the province’s public and private long term care homes. As part of the work the Panel is considering:

  • The impact of the pandemic on residents, partners in care, staff, programs, and services offered in long-term care homes
  • Infection prevention and control, and outbreak characteristics
  • Health human resources
  • Infrastructure, including renovations, outbreak readiness, and site-level characteristics.

The aim of this work is to identify actions that worked well to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in homes, recommendations for improvement and solutions for the long-term care system to ensure it is prepared for future challenges.

Public Engagement

The Panel recognizes the importance of hearing from residents, partners in care, staff, and other stakeholders and wishes to thank Islanders for their submissions, participation in the survey process, meetings, and interviews. This information was used to complete the final report.


The Panel submitted its report to the government in winter 2023.

Panel members:

The Long-Term Care COVID-19 External Review Panel members included:

Michele Dorsey, K.C. (Chair)
Michele Dorsey is a certified mediator and a retired lawyer with a primary focus on negotiation and conflict resolution. She was appointed as the Children's Commissioner and Advocate January 2019 to May 2020.

Cynthia Bryanton
Cynthia Bryanton is a retired nurse and holds a BSc Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University and Public Sector Leadership Development Program certificate from the University of Prince Edward Island. Cynthia has 35 years plus experience in various roles within the nursing profession having worked in acute care and long-term care.

Blair Corkum  
Blair Corkum is a self-employed Chartered Professional Accountant and a Registered Financial Planner who has worked for many years with near seniors and seniors in the areas of financial planning and tax.  Mr. Corkum has extensive experience as a community volunteer and caregiver.

Dr. Janice Keefe  
Dr. Janice Keefe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. She holds the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and is Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging which has been based at Mount Saint Vincent University for more than 25 years.

Dr. Carole Estabrooks PhD (Nursing), MN, BN - Expert Advisor
Dr. Carole Estabrooks has been a member of the University of Alberta faculty and principal investigator of the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program since 1997 and the longitudinal, pan Canadian Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research program since 2007.

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Published date: 
October 19, 2023
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