Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 09, 2011 14:54 ET

Media Advisory: Thousands in the Durham Region not getting the care they need under privatized homecare system

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - For years, many in Durham have been vocal about the dismal state and long waiting lists to access homecare in this community, which has left thousands without care, and families scrambling to support loved ones.

Since the late 1990's when the Progressive Conservative Government, which included current party leader Tim Hudak, introduced compulsory contracting out of services, a move that shifted homecare from not for profit provision to a primarily for profit service, this system has syphoned public dollars from direct care to the profits of the private providers.

On Thursday August 11th, representatives from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario are holding a media conference in Whitby to focus on what needs to change in how homecare is delivered, so that the thousands across the province on waiting lists have access to care.

What? A news conference about the effects of contracting out homecare away from the public sector.
Who? Kelly O'Sullivan, CUPE Ontario Home Care Representative
Xolisiwe (Connie) Ndlovu – Personal Support Worker
When? Thursday August 11th from 11 am until 12 (noon)
Where? Whitby Public Library, Room 1B 504 Dundas St. West, Whitby

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Ryan LeClaire
    416-992-4094

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