Many home care contracts are set to expire March 31, and the provincial Liberals may lift a temporary ban on competitive bidding. The compulsory privatization policy was brought in by Conservative premier Mike Harris in the mid 1990s.
CUPE Ontario and the OHC have launched a province-wide media tour showing how privatization hurts home care patients and workers.
It’s time to make the ban permanent and work to build a public home care system, says CUPE.
Home care workers are mostly women and, in urban centres, often racialized women. They struggle with exploitative working conditions and low wages.
Home care workers regularly travel unpaid between patients, have shifts spread out over the course of the day and don’t have enough time to spend with each patient.