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(May 28, 2013 - Richmond Hill, ON) Ajax Town Council unanimously endorsed a resolution last night calling on all levels of government to work together to strengthen public healthcare and fulfill the promise of homecare. The resolution was moved by Councillor Joanne Dies and seconded by Regional Councillor Colleen Jordan. The resolution is an initiative of local SEIU Healthcare members who deliver homecare services throughout the town. “We have been promised that care will be available to us when we need it most,” said Angela Sterread, a local SEIU Healthcare member who helped to bring the resolution to council. “However, with more than 10,000 people in Ontario currently waiting for homecare, the time to fulfill the promise of homecare is now.”

By 2036, nearly one in four people in Ontario will be a senior requiring more care, medications and attention. Governments have acknowledged that much of the problem can be answered by homecare and have promised to meet this challenge by funding and investing in homecare. The challenge is to ensure that investments are made in front-line care services and workers, not in wasteful administrative, management and bureaucratic structures and processes.

To ensure the promise of homecare is delivered, SEIU Healthcare, Canada’s largest healthcare union which represents over 55,000 healthcare and community service workers in Ontario, is working with members and volunteers in communities across the province to raise awareness of this critical issue and encourage municipal councils to voice their support for strengthening public healthcare by passing resolutions. Ajax Town Council is the first in the province to do so.

SEIU Healthcare is calling on all levels of government to work together to strengthen public healthcare and fulfil the promise of homecare in the following ways:

  • Cut waiting lists for homecare;
  • Provide relief to family caregivers;
  • Guarantee security and peace of mind for seniors and families that depend on homecare by ensuring that every health professional coming into their home is trained and qualified;
  • Insist investments go the frontline, not the bottom line;
  • Demand transparency and accountability; and
  • Protect the heart of healthcare by attracting and retaining personal support workers with fair and reasonable compensation and incentives like retirement security.

"Ontarians deserve to get the homecare they have been promised," said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare. "The time for talking is over. It’s time to act."

For more information visit www.fulfillthepromise.ca