Last updated: April 17, 2021 at 6:50 p.m.

Long-term care homes (LTCHs) and retirement homes (RHs) can order COVID-19 swab testing kits from Ontario Health.


Long-term care homes in Ontario are part of the provincial health care system, and are licensed, regulated and inspected by the Ministry of Long-Term Care. The majority of long-term care homes in Toronto are operated privately, some are non-profit, and 10 are City-run, not-for-profit facilities.

During any infectious disease outbreak in a long-term care home it is important to institute measures to prevent and control the spread of the infection in the facility, while balancing the daily life of the residents in the home. Usually, when an outbreak is declared in a particular unit or floor, infection prevention and controlĀ  measures are implemented in that area to prevent the spread to other areas of the building.

When a long-term care home has one reported a positive case of COVID-19, an outbreak is declared and a Toronto Public Health investigator is assigned to work with the facility to ensure outbreak control measures are put in place, in accordance with provincial guidelines. Learn about the role of Toronto Public Health in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 outbreak and how we work with long-term care homes to help control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings.

Read the Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on using ventilation and filtration to reduce aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

Access data about active COVID-19 outbreaks in Toronto long-term care homes on the COVID-19: Pandemic Data page.

Read Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccine information for long-term care homes and COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions for essential workers.

Changes to City-run Long-Term Care Homes

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