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CUPE welcomed news this week that Ontario will review the competitive bidding process in its home care system.

“We are pleased that the province has finally announced a timeline for this review,” said CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan. “It’s been three years since CUPE Ontario released a study that concluded ending competitive bidding and privatization would free up at least $274 million for improved home care delivery.”

“Compulsory contracting out in home care has led to poor working conditions, instability and a reduction in quality of care,” he said.

Meanwhile, health minister George Smitherman announced a moratorium on tendering new contracts.