Component 4 - Health Services

Large and growing, this component of the BCGEU represents members who provide health care in the community as governments move such services "closer to home".

Community health caregivers work in home support, drug and alcohol treatment centres, adult day care, detox and emergency shelters, women's clinics, services to seniors, mental health group homes, regional health units and other community-based health services. The 200 employers in the sector include both non-profit societies and corporations, all funded by the provincial government. The employers are represented in bargaining by the Health Employers' Association of B.C.

Our members in Component 4 provide nursing care, personal care, housekeeping, building maintenance, laundry, activities, dietary, security and rehabilitation services at worksites including Riverview Hospital, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, Victory Hill Residential School, the Lodge at Broadmead, and Oak Bay Lodge.

Bargaining Updates

Feb 3, 2006

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Employers need to step up the pace, says BCGEU

Progress achieved earlier in the week in negotiations for a new contract for 13,000 community health workers was dashed when talks hit a snag Feb. 2 over the important issue of health and safety.

Feb 2, 2006

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Component News

Feb 21, 2017

BCGEU president gives a first-look response to the BC 2017 budget, from the budget lockup at the Victoria Convention Centre.

Feb 20, 2017

The provincial government has officially declared February 20 as Seniors Care Providers’ Day.

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Media Coverage

Nov 7, 2016

When you think of a home support worker the image that comes to mind is someone making tea and helping a senior or someone with a disability around the house — an obviously safe place to work.

Jun 2, 2016

A 10-year plan by Vancouver Coastal Health to add more seniors’ nursing home beds and upgrade older facilities was welcomed by care providers and the seniors’ advocate.

May 5, 2016

A new online resource that tracks the availability of nursing home beds in British Columbia shows more than 150 beds remain empty despite ongoing waiting lists for seniors.

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