SEIU Healthcare responds to 2015 Ontario Budget

April 23, 2015, Toronto – SEIU Healthcare applauds the Ontario Government’s budget for continuing to invest in home and community care, in spite of the difficult fiscal realities it faces. We look forward to working closely with the Ontario government to ensure frontline care remains a priority as the population ages and healthcare demands grow.

Last year, SEIU Healthcare championed the Sweet$16 campaign, which called on the government to raise the hourly wage for Personal Support Workers to $16.

“Today we are pleased to see the 2015 Ontario budget recommit to raising the base wage for PSWs to at least $16.50 by April 1, 2016,” said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare.

The $750 million over the next three years for the home and community care sector will allow for new investments in home and community care. SEIU Healthcare looks forward to working with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to continue having our members’ voices heard and ensure that these investments make their way directly to frontline services.

“Investing in homecare and the frontline workers who support those who need it is what we’ve been fighting for from some time,“ said Stewart.  “We are pleased to see this budget take further steps to improve home and community care.”

About SEIU Healthcare

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union’s members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care.

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Gilleen Witkowski
SEIU Healthcare


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