Earlier today Justin Trudeau announced that a re-elected Liberal Government would move forward to improve the working conditions of Canada’s frontline care workers and better support Canada’s seniors.
Seniors across Canada suffered devastating effects during this pandemic, specifically those living in long-term facilities. As a country we need to ensure that we do everything we can to not let this happen again.
“Better care for seniors starts with better conditions for our frontline care workers,” said Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. “To ensure these tragedies never happen again and to build a better future for seniors, we need to work together to improve conditions and raise wages for the dedicated personal support workers who help care for them.”
Terry Sheehan Liberal Candidate for Sault and Area asserts “we need to make sure our frontline healthcare workers are paid well for the work they do, we have to invest to train more of them, these people who care for our friends, and relatives have vitally important jobs, I appreciate the work they do, and as a country, we need to demonstrate appreciation for them.”
While recognizing that the management of long-term care facilities is under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, a re-elected Liberal government will work with them to continue supporting seniors by:
● Raising wages for personal support workers, including a guaranteed minimum wage of
at least $25 per hour;
● Training up to 50,000 new personal support workers;
● Doubling the Home Accessibility Tax Credit, which will provide up to an additional $1,500
to help seniors stay in their homes longer by making them more accessible;
● Improving the quality and availability of long-term care home beds;
● Continuing to implement strict infection prevention and control measures, including
through more provincial and territorial facility inspections for long-term care homes; and
● Developing a Safe Long Term Care Act collaboratively to ensure that seniors are
guaranteed the care they deserve, no matter where they live.
This builds on the immediate actions the Liberal government took to help seniors when they
needed it the most, including:
● Putting up to $875 directly in the pockets of eligible seniors to help them through the
● Deploying the Canadian Armed Forces to long-term care homes at the request of the
provinces and territories and providing funding to the Red Cross for immediate support;
● Supplying PPE, contact tracing support, rapid testing, and other pandemic control
measures to long-term care homes, in collaboration with provinces and territories; and
● Providing wage boosts for essential workers, including personal support workers.