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Improving the Economic Prosperity of Women in the Community Care-Giving Field

Funded by Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program

July 2015 to July 2018

The project

We are in the final phase of this project. Using a collaborative approach, we have worked with stakeholders to further the economic prosperity of women in the entire sector.

Our objectives

The objectives of this project were:

  • to develop a common understanding of the challenges women working in the care-giving sector face on the road to economic prosperity.
  •  to develop and implement a joint strategy to increase the economic prosperity of women in the care-giving sector such as home support, youth care or special care homes.

Our actions

For the first phase of our project, we got to better understand the sector and consulted women working in the sector. They shared with us their pride in providing crucial care to the population and their distress over their low wages, their physically and morally difficule jobs and the need to have two or three to meet their basic needs. We produced the following report: Needs Assessements

Based on this research, the partners developed and implemented a strategic plan focussed on:     

  •  increasing public support for government investments in the sector; and
  • promoting better wages for women workers with decision makers.

Our results

Our efforts helped increase wages. The provincial government invested $10 million in 2016 and $11.6 million in 2018 to increase the wages of private-sector caregiving workers. However, the wages are still far from pay equity.

Our partners

o    Canadian Union of Public Employees, New Brunswick

o    Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

o    New Brunswick Department of Social Development

o    Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation

o    New Brunswick Community College

o    New Brunswick Human Services Coalition

o    New Brunswick Women’s Equality Branch

Valuing community care work

January 2017 to December 2019

Funded by Status of Women Canada's Women's Program

The situation

The jobs in community care services are almost exclusively occupied by women. It is estimated that more than 10,000 to 15,000 people work to provide these services in New Brunswick. Their wages stagnate around $12 to $15 per hour and their jobs are often precarious. Low wages and precarious jobs in health care services lead to high levels of economic insecurity among women workers.

The three biggest systemic barriers to economic security for identified community care workers are: i) under-valuation of health care service jobs among the public and policy makers; ii) lack of public investment, and iii) lack of the voice of women workers.

Our objectives

The objectives of this project are :

i) transforming the way in which the appropriate salary level for community care services is measured in order to achieve pay equity,

ii) transform the social perception of the value of jobs in community care services. Develop a social consensus on the need for targeted public investment in pay equity in private sector personal care services, and

iii) support community care workers in their demands for fair wages. 

Our actions

We will work with community care workers at every stage of our project. We will travel to meet the economically insecure women and inform them about pay equity as a solution. We will evaluate one job per community care sector in collaboration with workers and employers. The results will be shared with women workers through the Coalition of Human Services and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Our partners

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees - NB
  • Women's Equality Branch
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