Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

March 25, 2013 13:24 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Paramedics warn EMS employers to stay out of controversial regulatory college fray

Queen's Park media conference Tuesday, March 26, 1 p.m.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2013) - Thousands of Ontario paramedics who are already regulated under legislation (Ambulance Act) oppose the creation of a fee-based college for paramedics. Yet an application for a new regulatory college from an association that does not legally represent paramedics (in collective bargaining) is now being considered by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC).

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Public Employees Unions (OPSEU) collectively represent 6500 certified Ontario paramedics - the majority of paramedics practicing in the province. Their paramedic members have directed the unions to oppose a regulatory college. CUPE and OPSEU paramedics want to know why emergency service employers (EMS) would interfere in this controversial application as they did recently, when they assisted in distributing a college-related survey.

At a Queen's Park media conference Tuesday, March 26, OPSEU and CUPE ambulance sector leaders will warn EMS employers to "stay out of the fray" and not interfere in the controversial college application.

What: CUPE, OPSEU Media Conference
Where: Queen's Park Media Studio
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 1 p.m.
Who: Jamie Ramage, Chair, OPSEU Ambulance Division, City of Hamilton paramedic
Chris Day, CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO), Renfrew paramedic

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon
    (416) 559-9300

    OPSEU Communications
    Emily Visser
    (416) 557-7936