CUPE represents 166,805 health care workers from coast to coast, who work in hospitals, long-term care, community and public health, home care, and at Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec. CUPE represents health care workers in every province, with the largest numbers in Ontario (Ontario Council of Hospital Unions members), British Columbia (Hospital Employees’ Union members), Quebec (through the Conseil provincial des affaires sociales) and Saskatchewan.
Now more than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic is illustrating how critical our health care system and health care workers are to promoting and protecting public health and safety, and the broader public interest. Health care workers across the country are on the front lines of the current health crisis. They work to protect every one of us, while their own health and safety faces significant risks.