6,000 new PSWs, “tip of what’s needed, gravity of shortage requires Ontario double number to tackle long-term care staffing crisis,” say health care unions

TORONTO, ON – Long-term care staffing in Ontario remains far below pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels. The gravity of the staffing shortage requires a substantive and comprehensive recruitment, training and retention workforce strategy, say health care unions representing approximately 70,000 personal support workers (PSWs). Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction from what was announced…

Ontario’s PSW plan woefully inadequate, critics charge

“Shocking,” “appalling,” “offensive” and “disappointing” are just some of the words critics are using to describe the Ontario government’s latest plan to train personal support workers (PSWs) in the province. “Their lethargy is profound…delaying training and recruitment. In the meantime nearly 4,000 residents have died in long-term care in the last year,” said Candace Rennick,…

“Ford could reverse job losses today”: CUPE Ontario says a damning report should spark immediate action

TORONTO, ON – A new report by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) of Ontario about significant job losses underscores the need for greater supports for workers and to bolster public services, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “The job losses are a clear indictment of the Ford government mishandling of this pandemic,…