Subject: 4 concrete ways you can improve Ontario’s homecare system now

Dear [Your MPP's name],

I am a concerned constituent and I am writing to you in support of personal support workers.

Ontario’s population is aging. We must act urgently to keep PSWs in the workforce as the need for homecare rises. Homecare PSWs need and deserve better. I urge you to invest in the frontline.

Here’s how we can make the system better:

  1. Raise the minimum wage for Ontario PSWs from $12.50/hour to $16/hour (as a first step toward parity with PSWs who work in the long-term care sector)
  2. Offer retirement security through a good pension plan
  3. Declare homecare an essential service
  4. Provide access to standardized and ongoing continuing education and specialized training opportunities to meet the evolving needs of homecare clients

I trust that the Government of Ontario will make good on its promise to improve the homecare system and look forward to seeing concrete, bold changes in the upcoming year.