The Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System was established by the Government of Ontario under the Public
Inquiries Act, 2009, on August 1, 2017. The Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese was appointed Commissioner.
The Inquiry's mandate is to inquire into the events which led to the offences committed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer who pled guilty to and was convicted
of eight counts of first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Additionally, the Inquiry is directed
to inquire into the circumstances and contributing factors allowing these events to occur, including the effect, if any, of relevant policies,
procedures, practices and accountability and oversight mechanisms. The Inquiry is also directed to inquire into other relevant matters that the
Commissioner considers necessary to avoid similar tragedies. The Inquiry is to deliver its final Report within 24 months.
On her appointment as Commissioner Gillese, said:
“I am honoured to have been chosen to head this very important Inquiry dealing with matters that affect the lives of all those in long term care
homes in Ontario. My team and I will do our utmost to determine how these events could occur and to make recommendations so that the tragedies of
the past are not repeated in the future.”
The Commissioner has appointed William C. McDowell as Lead Commission Counsel, Elizabeth Hewitt as Senior Commission Counsel, and Rebecca Jones
and Megan Stephens as Commission Counsel.
The Inquiry’s investigative work has started. The inquiry expects to hold public hearings in 2018.