Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 22, 2011 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE Ontario and Ontario Health Coalition media event: For-profit homecare failing Timmins

TIMMINS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2011) - The dismal state of homecare in Timmins 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, August 24 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: Candace Rennick, Secretary-Treasurer CUPE Ontario
Xolisiwe (Connie) Ndlovu, Personal Support Worker
Ben Lefebvre, Ontario Health Coalition
WHEN: Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 AM
WHERE: Timmins Public Library, 320 Second Ave., Timmins

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 (

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    David Robbins