CUPE represents health care workers in every province, with the largest numbers in Ontario, British Columbia (Hospital Employees’ Union members), and Saskatchewan. Our nearly 148,000 health care members work in: hospitals, residential/long-term care (LTC), community health, home care, and at Canadian Blood Services (CBS).
About 83 per cent of our health care members are women, and 44 per cent of our membership in the sector works part-time or casual. Nearly 30 per cent of CUPE health care members are racialized workers including five per cent Aboriginal workers. A large majority of our low-wage health care members are women. More than 20 per cent of care aides, laboratory technicians, and home support workers are new immigrants. Racialized workers are disproportionately represented in housekeeping, home care and related occupations.