The secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario) said surgical masks are now widely available in long-term care homes, but superior N95s are not.

“The N95 still are almost impossible to get based on the feedback that we’ve been getting, they continue to remain under lock and key,” Candace Rennick said.

The union, which represents 35,000 long-term care workers, has called for the province to enforce directives which grant workers greater access to the N95s and to fine operators who fail to comply.

“Front-line workers need more than just words from the premier, they need actual accountability from service providers who need to be held to account,” she said.

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