About the Department

Seniors and Long-Term Care is a department within the Government of Manitoba. The department operates under the provisions of the legislation and responsibilities of the Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care.

Seniors and Long-Term Care is committed to overseeing the implementation of all 17 recommendations of the Stevenson Review. The pandemic exposed gaps in Manitoba's long-term care system here and across Canada, and drew the focus to seniors who were not receiving the dignified care they deserve. These gaps are reflected in an external government commissioned review, led by Dr. Lynn Stevenson, that related to  the serious outbreak of COVID-19 that occurred at the Maples Long Term Care Home between Oct. 20, 2020, and Jan. 12, 2021, where 73 staff and 157 residents tested positive, and 54 residents died.

Stevenson identified gaps at the facility level in areas such as outbreak plans and the ability to operationalize them, and clear care priorities for residents during an outbreak situation. She also identified additional system issues such as ensuring that long-term care is an integral part of the continuum of care in the health-care system, reviewing funding for personal care homes to ensure that staffing levels and services provided are appropriate to the complexity of current and future residents, and reviewing and streamlining the licensing standards for personal care homes (PCHs) to ensure currency and applicability to the changing needs of residents.

While implementation is well underway, ongoing oversight is needed to assure Manitobans that changes to personal care homes are fully implemented and sustained over the coming years. To that end, Seniors and Long-Term Care will work with health system leaders to provide stewardship to the full implementation of the changes.

And Seniors and Long-Term Care will go further, to consult with Manitobans and stakeholders as we modify, enhance and implement a renewed Seniors Strategy so that aging Manitobans are able to stay safe in their own homes and communities as long as they choose.

Manitoba has a growing seniors population, and their preferences, and best practices in supporting seniors to stay safe in their homes and communities are evolving. An extensive engagement will be unfolding over the coming months to inform a seniors strategy and action plan that will be a broad-based whole of government policy and program approach, working with seniors, communities and agencies to provide advice for the design of the seniors strategy, and to recommend priority actions.