2.12.13 - “We […] will hire more […] nurses”
Workers’ unions have expressed concerns about the number of people leaving the health care field, particularly in light of Bill 124 which caps public sector pay increases (including nursing) to 1%. However, for this promise to be considered broken, there would need to be data indicating that there are fewer nurses in the profession now than there were during Ford’s first term. This promise is considered not yet rated.
“The association was one of three health care unions — the ONA, CUPE and the Service Employees International Union, which together represent some 120,000 health care workers across the province — sounding the alarm over staffing shortages in Ontario’s hospitals. Their call comes as health care staff are said to be leaving the field in droves, leaving some hospitals unable to properly staff their emergency departments.”
[Ed. Note: See Employed in Nursing in Ontario. As of February 2022, there were 155,604 nurses working in Ontario.]
“The Act establishes different three-year moderation periods for represented and non-represented employees. During the applicable moderation period, salary increases are limited to one per cent for each 12-month period of the moderation period.”