Advertisement

Coronavirus: Over 1,000 CAF members sent to Quebec long-term care homes, more to come by mid-May

Coronavirus outbreak: Over 1600 troops deployed to long-term care homes in Ontario, Quebec
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Thursday that there are more than 1600 armed forces personnel helping out in long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec.

The federal government says that by mid-May 1,350 Canadian Forces soldiers will be deployed to 25 Quebec long-term care homes hard hit by COVID-19.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says 1,020 will be deployed as of Thursday at 20 long-term care homes, mainly in the Montreal area.

Of those on the ground, about two-thirds are working in the homes while one-third are providing help with logistics and deliveries.

READ MORE: Working in schools, daycares safe for people under 70, Quebec deputy premier says

Premier François Legault made a request for military help on April 22, asking at the time for 1,000 soldiers.

Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau praises 265 CAF members deployed to five long-term care homes in Ontario
Coronavirus outbreak: Trudeau praises 265 CAF members deployed to five long-term care homes in Ontario

Grappling with a shortage of 11,500 health-care workers, Legault said earlier this week he hadn’t received word whether Ottawa would be able to supply the soldiers requested.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Canadian Forces arrive at Montreal seniors’ residences, health authorities rushing to train volunteers

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

Sajjan explained while the military would like to move quickly, training personnel takes time.

The Quebec government is expected to detail a wage top-up for essential health workers when Treasury Board President Christian Dubé joins Legault at a briefing Thursday afternoon.