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Liberals’ health “action plan” ignores minimum care standard for frail long-term care residents. Advocates will speak on this issue at media conferences taking place in cities across Ontario over the next two weeks. The events will include a six-minute video featuring LTC workers.

The Ontario government’s so-called “action plan” for health care, released earlier this month, lacks the long-promised minimum standard of care for the province’s 85,000 residents of long-term care (LTC).

The Liberal government first promised a legislated care standard in 2003. Years later, residents, most of whom are 85 years old or older, are still waiting. Many of them are quite frail, and most of them have complex medical needs.

They deserve a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours of direct care per day, LTC direct care workers will say at Thursday’s media conference.

For more information about the need for a minimum care standard in LTC, please visit cupe.on.ca/timetocare.

3.5 Hours of Care” Media Events:




Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 631, 4034 Bath Rd.

Monday, Feb. 6, at 12 p.m.


Michael Hurley, president, OCHU (CUPE); Joanne Waddell, front-line LTC worker; and Bonnie Soucie, front-line LTC worker, OCHU

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 317, 311 Oakland Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m.


Michael Hurley (CUPE), Pat Riedel (HCWCC), and Irene Fitzpatrick (OCHU).

Niagara Falls
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 479, 5603 Spring St.

Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.

Susan Schmidt, registered practical nurse, Region of Niagara, president of Local 1263, chair of HCWCC and president of Niagara District CUPE Council; with Sharon Bezotosny, front-line LTC worker.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 480, 389 Richmond Rd.

Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.

Michael Hurley (CUPE), Joanne Waddell (HCWCC), and Bonnie Soucie (OCHU).

CUPE Peterborough Area Office, 165 Sherbrooke St., Suite 6

Thursday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m.

Candace Rennick, secretary-treasurer, CUPE Ontario; Karen Popadynetz, personal support worker (PSW); and Maggie Jewell, registered practical nurse, OCHU.





Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 234, 57 Watson Parkway S.


Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m.


Michael Hurley (CUPE), Joanne Waddell (HCWCC), and Irene Fitzpatrick (OCHU).

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 163, 435 Limeridge Rd E.


Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.


Michael Hurley (CUPE), Joanne Waddell (HCWCC), and Alicia Elliston (OCHU).

Sault Ste. Marie
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25, 96 Great Northern Rd.


Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m.


Sue Schmidt (CUPE), Corrine Haber (HCWCC), and TBD (OCHU).

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 564, 2200 Long Lake Rd.

Thursday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m.


Susan Schmidt (CUPE), Corrine Haber (HCWCC), and Sharon Crowe (OCHU).

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 255

5645 Wyandotte St E.

Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m.


Susan Schmidt (CUPE), TBA (HCWCC), and Sharon Crowe (OCHU).

Direct care LTC workers are also reaching out to their provincial Members of Parliament (MPP) to urge them to make it a priority to develop a minimum care standard in the upcoming legislative session.

The following meetings with MPPs have been scheduled:

  • Phil McNeely (Ottawa-Orleans): February 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Grant Crack (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell): February 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Madelaine Meilleur (Ottawa-Vanier): February 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Jeff Leal (Peterborough): February 17 at 11 a.m.
  • Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls) is scheduled for February 17 at 10 a.m.

For more information, please contact:

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications