CLAC Supports End of Government Homecare Agency
CLAC supports the Ontario government’s decision to find efficiencies by winding down the self-directed personal support services Ontario (PSSO) agency.
“As a union that represents personal support workers who provide homecare services in Toronto, London, and Brant-Simcoe-Haldimand-Norfolk, we are relieved the PSSO will not be going forward,” says Ian DeWaard, CLAC Ontario director. “This was a redundant program that would have done little to provide families control over who provides their care, and nothing to protect workers from precarious employment and other issues faced in this sector.”
CLAC raised this issue with the current and former government, stating the potential negative impact on the homecare sector this agency would have created, such as precarious work scheduling and unpredictable earnings, and the risks involved in clients as employers and a province-wide bargaining unit of homecare workers.
CLAC calls on the government to move just as quickly to build the long term care beds urgently needed by the 32,000 Ontario residents who cannot be cared for at home.
“All major political parties voted in support of providing a minimum of four hours of care per day in Ontario’s long term care homes, recognizing the urgent need for more staffing in these homes,” says DeWaard. “We call on the government to care for our seniors with compassion and dignity, and CLAC will continue to fight for solutions that put patients and their caregivers first.”