Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

June 25, 2012 12:29 ET

Media Advisory: Kitchener-Enact a minimum care standard to bring dignity back to residents of long-term care homes

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2012) - - Ontario's Liberal government must put the care needs of frail seniors and for 85,000 residents in long-term care (LTC) homes ahead of cost-cutting and restructuring, LTC direct care staff will say at a Kitchener media conference Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

In 2003 the Liberals promised to enact a minimum care standard for LTC residents. Nearly a decade later LTC residents and their families are still waiting for the Liberals to act.

"The Liberals made a commitment to seniors in this province to legislate a care standard. It's time they made good on that promise," says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) who will be joined by LTC care aide Bonnie Soucie at tomorrow's Kitchener media conference.

There are currently 24,000 Ontarians on the wait list for LTC beds and there is no mandatory minimum care standard LTC homes are legislated to meet.

OCHU/CUPE is advocating for a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours of direct care per day for LTC residents.

WHAT: "3.5 Hours of Care" media event on long-term care
Includes a six-minute video featuring LTC workers
WHO: Michael Hurley, President Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE
Bonnie Soucie (LTC direct care staff)
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, 524 Belmont Avenue West, Kitchener
WHEN: June 26, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

Direct care LTC staff have been reaching out to their provincial Members of Parliament (MPP) to urge them to make a minimum care standard for LTC residents a priority.

Visit for more on the need for a minimum care standard in LTC.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications