We are most pleased with the announcement made by Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins last Tuesday, to provide $100 million towards homecare in the province.
The infusion of funds will help provide a “…much needed break for caregivers who give so much of themselves to provide daily, around-the-clock care,” Hoskins said.
SEIU Healthcare commends the Ontario government for this decision. A link to the Toronto Star article about the announcement is below:
We would also like to commend all the hard work and determination our brothers and sisters have put in to initiate conversations with government and educate them and the greater public on the daily needs and struggles faced by personal support workers (PSWs) and homecare workers. The results of the announcement could not be foreseeable without their leadership and activism.
SEIU Healthcare has continuously worked on raising the awareness of the importance of PSWs and homecare to the overall healthcare system. Since the launch of Sweet $16 in 2014 to raise the minimum wage of PSWs to $16.50, to the Rise For Homecare campaign launched in 2015, SEIU Healthcare members have engaged in conversations and walk-a-days to make changes not only for SEIU Healthcare members, but all healthcare workers affected in home and community care sectors in Ontario.