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Ontario's Community Health Crisis: Urgent Action Required for Staffing Solutions

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12 Dec, 2023, 09:00 ET


The community health sector is witnessing an exodus of workers to other fields and other provinces and countries due to wage gaps.



TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2023 /CNW/ - Ontario's community health sector is facing a critical staffing crisis, stemming from a widening wage gap between community health care workers and health workers in other sectors. Action from the Ontario government is needed to close this gap and secure the stability of Ontario's health care system.


The community health sector is witnessing an exodus of workers to other fields and other provinces and countries, making it increasingly challenging to recruit and retain essential health workers. Research based on a survey of more than 1,300 community health agencies reveals that 94% of respondents identify compensation as the single most significant challenge for recruitment and retention.


Without action, the foundation of our health care system is at risk, with the potential to see diminished access to essential services in the community, increased strain on already overburdened hospitals and emergency departments, elevated health care costs, and care that is too hard and slow to access for millions of individuals and their families.


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