A Sweet $16 Interview with Chrystal Becker

$16/hour minimum for homecare PSWs is a question of need, not just worth

While a group of about 80 personal support workers (PSWs) were talking about the new "Sweet $16" campaign at a conference in Toronto in early March, a woman stood up to make a very important point.

"My only issue," she said "is only saying that we deserve a $16 per hour minimum wage. We really need it. I can't afford to live like this anymore."

In Ontario, unlike PSW work in other sectors such as long-term care, which pays an average of $20/hour, homecare work currently offers far less than what the PSWs both need and deserve.

Chrystal is a single mom who relies on subsidized childcare to afford to go to work.
She provides her services to people in their own homes because she believes that rather than be forced into retirement or long-term care homes, people "should be able to stay where they are comfortable."

Watch homecare PSW Chrystal talk about her work and what $16/hour would mean to her.

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