COVID-19 response

The only way BC has been able to respond effectively to the pandemic in long-term care is by taking measures that public health care advocates have been calling for many years such as enhanced employment standards. BC has taken an important first step in putting public solutions first in long-term care and assisted living by requiring that most staff work at only one facility, be paid the unionized industry standard, and committing to full-time hours for workers required to work at a single site. This is an important first step but not enough. We need to remove the for-profit motive from the seniors’ care system.