Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act
CUPE was informed on February 24th, and it was confirmed on February 25th, that the Conservative government intends to introduce the “Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act” which threatens to overhaul how care will be provided in the future (by-passing LHINS, passport-like funding, privatization of the care coordination).
Some work MAY be managed/coordinated by other present health care providers but the full impact of this legislation is still unclear. What is clear is that the Conservatives plan to move LHIN home and community care work to “frontline care within Ontario Health Teams” placing additional stress on homecare providers who already are unable to recruit and retain PSWs. Low wages and poor working conditions have created a PSW shortage across the Province.
The current Local Health Integration Network structure to deliver services will stay in place for the next few years, but will be rebranded as Home and Community Care Support Services.
The Conservative Government is expected to table this legislation any day now.