New Brunswick Community Caregiving Sector
The community caregiving sector refers to the services managed by non-profit organizations or private businesses but mandated by the provincial government. These services complement government services and support New Brunswick families. The jobs in community care services are almost exclusively occupied by women.
Caregiving in numbers
Wages are extremely low considering the required skills and qualifications, responsibilities, effort and working conditions. The government led pilot projects to evaluate pay equity in four of these services in 2008-2014: home care, child care, community residences and transition houses. but the results were disappointingly low.
“This field will remain a female-dominated field because of the low wages. No man wants to work at these wages.”
— A special care home worker
Through its three-year project Valuing Community Care-Giving, the Coalition conducted pay evaluations with the help of sector employees and employers to determine equitable wages for these six services.
Results of the pay equity evaluations
The following table shows the results of the pay equity evaluations, indexed based on the CPI of 2022. It also provides the current wages for the year 2023-2024.
The process was detailed in the following reports:
- Report I (October 2020) – The Value of Care: Pay equity maintenance in home care, transition houses and community residences, a pay equity maintenance exercise conducted by the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity.
- Report II (May 2021) –The Value of Care: Pay Equity in special care homes, ESSP agencies, and family support services, a second pay equity exercise conducted by the New Coalition for Pay Equity.
Things have to change! While governments have invested in wage increases on an annual basis, the government must commit itself to making a long-term plan for long-term care to fix long-term problems.
Want to help us get there?
- Send an open letter to your elected representative
- Join our Facebook group for care employees & employers
- Download our info kit to educate yourself, your elected representatives, and the public.