Canada is set to raise the hourly wage for its health care workers to $11.50 from $11 per hour in the 2017-18 financial year, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Monday.
The change would see the wage increase for non-supervisory health care professionals from $10.50 to $10 per hour.
The government will publish its proposal in the spring.
The move is expected to boost wages for health care providers and employees who earn less than $30,000 per year, said Philpot, who is also the Minister of Finance.
“As a result of this new wage structure, Canada’s health care workforce will be well paid,” she said.
“This is a major step forward for Canadian workers, who deserve a better standard of living.”
We will continue to invest in health care infrastructure and services, to help keep our health care system in good shape.
This will mean increased access to quality care, better outcomes and a safer and healthier Canada.
“Health Canada has estimated that Canada has over 10 million healthcare workers, which account for about 13 per cent of the workforce.
According to the ministry, Canada is home to around 1.7 million physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care personnel.
The average wage for a non-senior doctor is $43,400, and the average wage of a senior nurse practitioner is $47,600.
This is in addition to the $20.35 hourly rate paid to a full-time nurse or doctor.
The minister also announced the creation of the National Health Care Care Employer Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the transition to a new wage scale.
It will include representatives from employers, unions and labour unions.
In the meantime, employees at health care facilities will still be able to earn their regular wages through their employers, which includes their own health care plans, Philpowksi said.
In addition to raising the hourly rate, Philgott said she will introduce an additional increase in the wage floor for full-timers.
The federal minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 per hour, will increase to $9.15 per hour by the end of the 2017 calendar year.
The province will also see its minimum wage rise to $8.50 per hour from $7 per hour on March 1, 2018.
We need a sustainable, livable wage. “
Health care workers deserve a raise.
We need a sustainable, livable wage.
This wage increase will provide a clear path to pay parity for all Canadians.” “
We know our current wage system has proven to be too low and needs to change.
This wage increase will provide a clear path to pay parity for all Canadians.”
In addition, Philoksi also announced a plan to increase the federal minimum for childcare expenses to $15 per week, up from $12.50 currently.
The minimum wage for childcare will rise from $8 to $7 an hour.
In an interview with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on Tuesday, Philoz said the plan would also allow for additional funding for the Canadian Childcare and Family Services program, which supports up to 500,000 young children with a low income.
The plan is part of the Government of Canada’s plan to spend $4 billion to address the chronic underfunding of the health care delivery system.
“There’s so much that needs to be done and so many more people in need of help and support, so I’m excited about this,” Philpson said.