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Dear Premier, dear Ministers, I write to you today to bring to your attention the urgent need for action for community care services. Our province needs to improve the services for users and to help front-line workers. They are the ones who look after seniors, women, vulnerable adults and youth. They work in home support, group homes, special care homes, transition houses, and many other fields. The clear majority of these workers are women earning low wages with few or no benefits. To make ends meet, they often work two or more jobs. Community Care Services remain one of the most precarious work sectors in our province, and in our country. Did you know that there is currently no organized system for community care? Did you know that there are currently more than 659 administrative units of community care services in the province? We must end the fragmentation in this sector, because fragmentation leads to poor oversight, unequal quality and access for users and precarious work. It is time to recognize the value of these services for all. This means: -Integrating them in the public system -Improving working conditions and wages -Standardizing quality and accessibility for users. I want community care services to be fully integrated under the public system, through a centralized authority. I hope you will understand how community care services need to be recognized and respected: that means no more poverty wages and poor working conditions in this sector. As a citizen, I signed the Who Cares? campaign pledge to stand in solidarity with workers in this sector. I hope you agree with our position and support us in any way you can. Thank you.
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