What is BC Cares?

BC Cares is a program that was designed by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) in 2007 to recruit care aides into the growing seniors care sector. Initially developed as a pilot with the Fraser Health Authority, BC Cares became a province-wide initiative in 2009-2009.

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48,000 Health Workers Ratify Contract With BC

By Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun

Unions representing close to 48,000 health workers in the Facilities Bargaining Association have ratified a new contract with the B.C. government.

The two-year deal covers workers who provide a variety of services in all areas of health care, including nursing, health records, information technology, logistics and supply, diagnostic testing and payroll.

The contract contains no general wage increases, but does include targeted increases for specific situations, such as jobs where responsibilities have increased. A government statement said these increases would be funded by other negotiated savings, adding there are no net compensation increases in the deal. The deal comes as contracts for more than 200,000 public-sector workers across the government are set to expire between March 31 and Dec. 31, 2010.


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