Petition to Include Home Care Workers in Government Top Up Program

On April 15, 2020, the government of Canada announced a wage boost for essential workers in partnership with provinces and territories through a shared-cost temporary top up. The government’s official press release states that the workers who will benefit from this program will be “those on the front-line in hospitals, those caring for seniors in long-term care facilities, those working so hard to make sure that there that is food on our shelves and tables, and others.”

Workers United Canada Council is calling on the Canadian and Ontario governments to ensure that Home Care Workers (Personal Support Workers [PSWs] who work in the community) are included in the wage boost for essential workers. Home Care Workers have continued to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, employed by public and private sector organizations, to provide essential care to vulnerable populations in need. They have risked their own health and the health of their families to continue providing their essential services.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Home Care Workers have seen a dramatic loss in hours and income. Despite their loss in wages they have not been included in any emergency response benefits. They have remained ineligible for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as they have not lost 100% of their work. This means that Home Care Workers are often earning a smaller income than what is offered by the CERB.

Home Care Workers, and all PSWs, are crucial in the fight against COVID-19. They have made tremendous sacrifices to care for the most vulnerable during this extraordinary time. Their work and their value must be recognized and respected. All PSWs, not only those who work in long-term care facilities, must be compensated fairly for their work.

Sign our petition below to urge the Canadian and Ontario governments to include Home Care Workers in the wage boost for essential workers:


 

To: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs;
  The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance; The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour;
  The Honourable Patty Hadju, Minister of Health; Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament;
  Yves-François Blanchet, Member of Parliament; Jagmeet Singh, Member of Parliament;
  Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health;
  Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skill Development; Andrea Horwath, Member of Provincial Parliament

I am writing with respect to the federal government's announcement on April 15, 2020 regarding the wage boost for essential workers to be implemented in partnership with provincial and territorial governments. While the announcement recognizes the precarious situation that many essential workers are facing across Canada, I am concerned that Home Care Workers might not be included in the program.

Home Care Workers (Personal Support Workers [PSWs] who work in the community) have continued to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, employed by public and private sector organizations, to provide essential care to vulnerable populations in need. They have risked their own health and the health of their families to continue providing their essential services.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Home Care Workers have seen a dramatic loss in hours and income. Despite their loss in wages they have not been included in any emergency response benefits. They have remained ineligible for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) as they have not lost 100% of their work. This means that Home Care Workers are often earning a smaller income than what is offered by the CERB.

Home Care Workers, and all PSWs, are crucial in the fight against COVID-19. They have made tremendous sacrifices to care for the most vulnerable during this extraordinary time. Their work and their value must be recognized and respected. All PSWs, not only those who work in long-term care facilities, must be compensated fairly for their work.

I urge both the Canadian and Ontario governments to make sure that Home Care Workers are included in the wage boost for essential workers.

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