Alberta’s UCP government introduced new legislation Thursday that would give COVID-19 legal liability protection to the health-care sector including continuing care operators.
If it passes, Bill 70: the COVID-19 Related Measures Act would extend liability protection to Alberta Health Services, regulated health professionals, hospitals, long-term care facilities, lodges, licensed supportive living, pharmacies and residential addiction treatment facilities – including owners, contractors and employees.
The bill will raise the legal bar for those alleging harm caused by exposure to COVID-19, forcing them to demonstrate gross negligence, rather than ordinary negligence.
The legislation will be retroactive to March 1 of last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the province, once it is given Royal Assent.
That means plaintiffs in at least four different lawsuits already launched against continuing care facility operators in Alberta may need to file new statements of claim or change their claims.
Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics