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CUPE is a partner in an important research program on senior’s care, led by York University Professor Tamara Daly. Professor Daly has recently been awarded one of nine Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) research chairs in Gender, Work and Health. This research program will study the health impacts of performing paid and unpaid care work for seniors in the highly gendered settings of long-term care (LTC).

CUPE has worked with Daly on other projects that have shed light on the challenging working and living conditions in LTC facilities, including the study Out of Control: Violence Against Personal Support Workers in Long-Term Care. Daly is a co-theme leader on a seven year international research initiative Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care, in which CUPE is also a partner. 

“We know that Professor Daly and her team will do valuable research with this new funding,” says CUPE National President Paul Moist. “Working with CUPE and other partners, the team will look closer at the connections between quality of work and quality of care and how we can improve both - a critical need in this country.”

CUPE represents 67,000 workers in long-term care facilities across Canada and has been on the forefront in fighting for better seniors’ care in Canada. CUPE released a major research report in 2009 documenting the access and quality problems in residential LTC and offering concrete solutions. In our current campaign for a new federal health accord, CUPE calls for a national continuing care program, with dedicated transfers tied to Canada Health Act standards, minimum staffing levels, and more public and non-profit delivery.