PSW Wage Increase Means More Care and Support to Help Keep People Safe at Home

by Home Care Ontario | Oct 01, 2020

(Toronto, ON) October 1, 2020 – Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, thanks the Government of Ontario for today's announcement of a temporary $3 wage increase for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in the publicly-funded home and community care system.  Today's investment of over $460M will help ensure more care and support can be delivered to keep people safe and healthy at home.

"PSWs are the backbone of Ontario's home care system, and I want to thank Premier Ford and Deputy Premier Elliott for their continued acknowledgment of the important role PSWs serve, as well as the recognition of the increased role the home care system can play in supporting seniors and hospital patients in Ontario," said Sue VanderBent, CEO of Home Care Ontario. “Additionally, there are tens of thousands of PSWs who provide critical, family-funded home care services, and while not included in today’s announcement, their valuable role should also be recognized.”

Publicly-funded home care workers are paid considerably less than those doing the same jobs in Ontario's long-term care and acute care sectors.  As a result, Home Care Ontario continues to advocate that PSWs and other critical caregivers such as nurses and therapists are paid at parity with those working in the same occupations.

“Ontario’s home care system is a key part of Ontario’s fight against COVID-19, and a critical tool to allow the province to restart elective surgeries,” concluded VanderBent.  “Our PSWs, both publicly and family-funded, are at the very front line of this battle and work tirelessly every day to help people live safely at home.”

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About Home Care Ontario:
Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, is a member-based organization with a mandate to promote growth and development of the home care sector through advocacy, knowledge transfer, and member service. Home Care Ontario members include those engaged in and/or supportive of home-based health care. In Ontario, service provider organizations are responsible for providing nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, infusion therapy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 58 million hours of publicly and family-funded home care service is provided annually across the province.

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