After over a decade of work campaigning for a 4-hour legislated care standard for residents in long-term care, Bill 13, the Time to Care Act, has passed second reading under a Conservative majority government. There have been times along the way when our goal seemed unreachable – but we never gave up hope.
The Bill will now go to committee, then come back to the Ontario Legislature for 3rd reading before it becomes law.
Let’s be clear: Bill 13 passed second reading because of the work of CUPE members like you. Members across the province have met with, called, emailed, and tweeted at MPPs urging them to vote in favour of Bill 13 at second reading. For years, you have taken part in e-actions, written letters, and participated in rallies. You have made it impossible for MPPs from all parties to ignore the crisis in long-term care.
We know we have work to do to ensure that Bill 13 is not stalled at committee, and we need to make sure that it passes third reading. We need to make sure that 4 hours is calculated on hours worked and not hours paid.
But right now we want to celebrate this tremendous win for seniors and long-term care residents in our province. Together, we can make sure that 4 hours of hands-on care becomes law, improving living conditions for Ontario long-term care residents and improving working conditions for our members.