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Long-term care homes and nursing homes have become the centre of attention in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 80 percent of deaths from the virus in Canada occurring in these homes.

This tragedy leads us to reflect on what we learned from a decade-long project led by Pat Armstrong, a distinguished research professor at York University, that looked at long-term care in four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia) and five countries (Germany, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States).