Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 15, 2011 11:03 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE Ontario & Ontario Health Coalition

Media event: For-profit homecare failing Renfrew

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2011) - The dismal state of homecare in Renfrew and across Ontario is heating up as an issue for the October 6 provincial election, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.

Advocates for quality, non-profit homecare will hold a media conference on Wednesday to call on all political parties to scrap the "competitive bidding" model – a model the former Progressive Conservative government introduced and which the Liberal government has continued to support.

WHAT: Media conference about the effects of for-profit homecare
Includes a screening of a short CUPE-made documentary, "Who Cares?"
WHO: Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario
Xolisiwe (Connie) Ndlovu, Personal Support Worker
Sue McSheffrey, Ontario Health Coalition
WHEN: Wednesday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall, Board Room, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew

Contracting-out of homecare services is mandatory under Ontario's "competitive bidding" model, introduced in the mid-1990s by the Progressive Conservative Government (which included current party leader, Tim Hudak). This move shifted homecare from mostly not-for-profit provision to a primarily for-profit service, with public dollars siphoned off to private profit and a steep drop in quality of care.

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

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    David Robbins
    613-878-1431