SEIU Canada

SEIU Canada

October 28, 2009 21:18 ET

SEIU Applauds Awareness Campaign

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - The Ontario government today took a first step to boost public confidence in the system for training and certifying employees in the home care sector, in a move welcomed by key stakeholders.

The government agreed to launch an awareness campaign to help students choose government-approved programs when training to become Personal Support Workers, in a move welcomed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

"The awareness campaign is a positive first step and a welcome sign the government recognizes the need to foster an effective training program to support critical sectors like home care," said Pat Chastang, a spokesperson for SEIU Canada.

"SEIU looks forward to working with the government to help design a robust system for training and certification of personal support workers and other vital health care staff who treat the most vulnerable members of society," she added.

The government move follows an investigation by the Toronto Star into private colleges purporting to provide training and certification of Personal Support Workers for the home care sector.

"The people of Ontario should know that they are entrusting their health and the well being of their loved ones to a home care system staffed by qualified caregivers," said Ms. Chastang.

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