April 30, 2014 6:01 am

Ontario to boost pay for personal support workers

Ontario Liberals promise to boost the minimum wage of personal support workers in the home-care sector.

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TORONTO – Ontario Liberals are promising to boost the minimum wage of personal support workers in the home-care sector by $4 an hour.

The workers would get a $1.50 per hour increase retroactive to April 1st, another $1.50 next April and a further $1 an hour on April 1st, 2016.

This will raise the minimum wage for the 34,000 publicly-paid workers to $16.50 per hour – a 32 per cent increase over the current $12.50 per hour.

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The workers provide care, assistance and support to 300,000 seniors and other people with complex care needs in their own homes and communities.

The Liberal government plan would also try to create more permanent and less casual employment in the ranks of personal support workers.

Unifor, which represents most personal support workers, called the proposed wage increases a welcome first step.

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