Ontario extends temporary wage increase for personal support workers
TORONTO – The Ontario government has announced that it will extend the temporary salary increase for personal support workers until October 31 as the province grapples with a fourth wave of the COVID-19.
The province released the update in a press release on Monday, saying the government is investing an additional $ 169 million to extend the program.
The temporary salary increase for personal support workers and direct support workers came into effect for the first time on October 1, 2020. The province has since renewed it three times.
In July, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he “guaranteed” that the temporary salary increase for personal support workers would become permanent, but that has yet to happen. .
“I’ve always told people that personal support workers are overworked, underpaid, and deserve every penny, multiplied by 10. So we’re going to keep that in place. “
“It’s a guarantee. We are going to do it.
Officials said the wage increase was aimed at stabilizing staffing levels and supporting frontline healthcare workers as the pandemic continues to evolve.
Over the weekend, the province saw the number of COVID-19 cases rise to levels not seen in months, with authorities reporting 722 new infections on Sunday and 689 new infections on Saturday.
“Since the start of the pandemic, personal support workers and direct support workers have played a vital role in supporting some of our most vulnerable patients,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Monday in A press release.
“As fall approaches, ensuring that Ontario’s personal support workers are supported will ensure patients continue to receive the high quality care they need.
The wage increase will affect more than 158,000 workers who provide publicly funded personal support services or direct support services in hospitals, long-term care, home and community care and social services .
Support workers in community care, long-term care and those providing services to children get a raise of $ 3 per hour, while those working in hospitals receive a raise of $ 2 per hour. time.
“Our government is committed to rebuilding and repairing long-term care in Ontario,” said Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips. “The extension of the salary increase will help us continue to attract and retain personal support workers who provide residents with the care they need and deserve on a daily basis.