Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 16, 2011 11:00 ET

Competitive bidding hurting Ontario's homecare system: CUPE

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2011) - Competitive bidding in Ontario's homecare system is causing thousands of Ontarians to go without the care they desperately need, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario said today.

"The Ontario government must drop competitive bidding in homecare once and for all," said Kelly O'Sullivan, CUPE Ontario Home Care Representative. "The Liberal government has failed to stop the chaos that competitive bidding causes, and it has failed to create the public, not-for-profit homecare system Ontario needs."

The compulsory contracting-out of homecare services was introduced in the mid-1990s by the Mike Harris Progressive Conservative government, which included current party leader, Tim Hudak. The Ontario Auditor General's 2010 Annual Report found homecare in Ontario to be inequitable, insufficient and ineffectively measured and managed.

"We can turn this around by moving homecare under the principles of the Canada Health Act," O'Sullivan said. "Appropriate homecare is a public good, not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. Homecare should be integrated into the continuum of health care services, and have enforceable, high quality standards – like the rest of the health care system."

Today's news conference is part of a province-wide media tour by CUPE Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) to raise awareness about the disastrous competitive bidding model in homecare and to garner support for the elimination of this model once and for all.

As the provincial election nears, CUPE Ontario calls on Ontarians to support the candidates who will fight for a public, not-for-profit homecare system in our province.

View a video produced by CUPE Ontario featuring real-life stories from home care workers, recipients and their families: http://cupe.on.ca/s213/stop-competitive-bidding-homecare.

Contact Information

  • David Robbins
    CUPE Communications
    613-878-1431

    CUPE Ontario
    Kelly O'Sullivan
    Home Care Representative
    416-529-9600