“Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes employ, on average, 17 per cent fewer full-time and part-time workers compared to non-profit and municipal homes, according to a Star analysis of union staffing data.

“It’s not surprising at all,” said Candace Rennick, a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents workers in 182 long-term-care homes in the province. “When you’re running a business to make profit you have to cut corners somewhere, and staffing is the biggest cost.”

Rennick said lower staffing levels in for-profit homes put a heavier burden on workers.

“But the biggest consequences are for the people who are receiving care,” she said.”

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