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Ontario Health Coalition release of new report - CARING IN CRISIS: ONTARIO’S LONG-TERM CARE PSW SHORTAGE

February 3, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, is a new report written by the Ontario Health Coalition and commissioned by Unifor. The report examines the Personal Support Worker (PSW) crisis in Ontario’s long-term care homes. The issue of Personal Support Worker (PSW) shortages is one that has serious local repercussions. PSWs are on the front lines, providing much of the daily hands-on care for approximately 80,000 long-term care residents in Ontario. It is no overstatement to call the situation a crisis. Long-term care homes reported that they are working with shortages on almost all shifts, every day. Weekends are worse. Rural areas are even harder hit. The shortages mean that there are not enough PSWs to staff existing beds let alone the planned new beds that are urgently needed to address the long wait lists in each community on the tour.

The report is based on input and feedback from round-table meetings held across Ontario attended by home operators and administrators, PSWs, union representatives, family councils, seniors, college staff who develop/coordinate PSW courses, local health coalitions and other long-term care advocates. The press conference will include first-hand accounts of how the crisis is impacting each local community and their long-term care homes, and recommendations to restore stability to the vital long-term care workforce.

PSW CRISIS TOUR PRESS CONFERENCES

Monday February 3 

Sault Ste. Marie 12:00 p.m. – Unifor Local 1359, 6-773 Great Northern Road

Hisham Shokr (phone) 647-830-6406

Wednesday February 5

London 10:00 a.m. – Unifor Local 302, 125 Elm Street

Peter Bergmanis (phone) 519-860-4403

Chatham 1:00 p.m.  – Unifor Local 127, 405 Riverview Drive

Shirley Roebuck (phone) 226-402-2724

Friday February 7

Hamilton 10:00 a.m. – Unifor Local 504, 307 Queenston Road

Janina Lebon (phone) 647-773-1914

Kitchener-Waterloo 1:30 p.m. – Unifor Local 1106, 600 Wabanaki Dr

Jim Stewart (phone) 519-588-5841

Monday February 10

Thunder Bay 10:00 a.m. – Unifor Local 229, 1060 Lithium Drive

Jules Tupker (phone) 807-627-6249

Tuesday February 11

Kingston 10:00 a.m. – Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot Street

Matthew Gventer (phone) 613-542-5834

Sarnia 10:00 a.m. – Strangway Community Centre, 260 East Street N

Shirley Roebuck (phone) 226-402-2724

Oxford County 10:00 a.m. – Tillsonburg Seniors Centre, 45 Hardy Ave

Bryan Smith (phone) 226-228-8309

Thursday February 13

Windsor 10:00 a.m. – Unifor local 2458, 3400 Somme Ave

Patrick Hannon (phone) 519-796-0410

Friday February 14

Brampton 10:00 a.m. – Central Public School Studio D, 24 Alexander St

Richard Antonio (phone) 647-237-5135

Thursday February 20

Sudbury 10:00 a.m. – Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op, 162 Mackenzie St

Melissa Wood (phone) 705-662-8506

The press conferences are part of a 15-town tour on this issue. Press conferences have already been held in Oshawa (Jan. 29), Ottawa (Jan. 29), and St. Catharines (Jan. 30).

For more information: Natalie Mehra, Executive Director (cell) 416-230-6402, Hisham Shokr, Research & Campaigns Director, (office) 416-441-2502, (cell) 647-830-6406.