1350 CAF members dedicated in support of Long Term Care Facilities
May 8, 2020
Global Korean Post
As part of the response underway to help Canadians in the context of COVID 19, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have been supporting civilian authorities in Quebec since April 20, 2020, and in Ontario since April 28, 2020, as agreed between the provincial and federal governments.
On May 7, in a news conference on Parliament Hill, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and government House leader Pablo Rodriguez provided an update on the role of the Canadian Armed Forces during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. They are joined by General Jonathan Vance, Canada’s chief of defence staff.
In Quebec, on April 20th, the Canada Armed Forces were deployed in the originally requested five long-term care facilities following a request for assistance. Following this initial deployment, CAF scaled up to 13 long-term care facilities.
And as of today, the 7th of May, the CAF will have over 1020 personnel committed to the support of 20 long-term care facilities in Quebec. Of this number, over 670 medical and support personnel are contributing inside the facilities, while nearly 350 individuals are providing essential day-to-day support, such as delivering personal protective equipment and other needed supplies, maintaining liaison with the Province, as well as planning to refine operations to better support the patients of the long-term care facilities.
Additional CAF members will be deployed in the coming days to support Quebec’s most vulnerable residents. It is expected to have approximately 1350 CAF members dedicated to this task in support of up to 25 facilities when the deployment is complete.
As requested by Quebec, the Canadian Armed Forces are currently serving in:
- Grace Dart Extended Care Centre (Montreal),
- CHSLD Vigi Reine-Elizabeth (Montreal),
- Résidence Berthiaume-Du Tremblay (Montreal),
- CHSLD Vigi Mont-Royal (Ville Mont-Royal),
- CHSLD Floralies-De-Lasalle (Lasalle),
- Centre d’hébergement de Saint-Laurent (Saint-Laurent),
- CHSLD Argyle (Saint-Lambert),
- CHSLD Benjamin-Victor-Rousselot (Montreal),
- Manoir de Verdun (Montreal),
- Centre d’hébergement Yvon-Brunet (Montreal),
- CHSLD Hôpital Sainte-Anne (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue),
- CHSLD Valéo (Saint-Lambert),
- CHSLD Villa Val des Arbres (Laval),
- CHSLD Auclair
- CHSLD de la Rive
- CHSLD Eloria-Lepage (Montréal)
- Centre d’Hébergement Jean-De-La-Lande (Montréal)
- Centre d’Hébergement Saint-Andrew (Montréal)
- CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger (L’île-Bizard)
- Le Bellagio (Longueuil)
These task-tailored teams have been generated by the CAF from military bases across the country. Before being integrated, members have undergone instruction in how to integrate with health services staff, they have been trained on the use of medical-grade personal protective equipment, and they have also received a mandatory long-term care facility orientation facilitated by Quebec.
Last week, the CAF has started to assist in five Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) across the Greater Toronto Area. This was in response to a Request for Assistance from the Province of Ontario.
While the exact number of deployed personnel fluctuates, the CAF is employing approximately 265 medical and support personnel.
As requested by Ontario, CAF members are now serving in:
- Orchard Villa (Pickering),
- Altamont Care Community (Scarborough),
- Eatonville (Etobicoke),
- Hawthorne Place (North York), and
- Holland Christian Homes Grace Manor (Brampton)
Conditions at these LTCFs and others across the country are being monitored by the provinces and CAF support may be reassessed as required. The CAF’s support to these LTCFs is intended as an interim measure to help Ontario and Quebec get through a critical situation over the short term.
Canadian Rangers and the CAF’s presence in remote areas
The Canadian Rangers are active members of their communities and they are proud to help out during these difficult times. As a result of COVID-19, approximately 1,200 Rangers are employed throughout many communities across Canada.