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HSA stands with Ontario education workers

The Health Sciences Association of BC, representing over 20,000 specialized professionals working in health care and community social services, stands in solidarity with CUPE OBSCU workers who seek only fair pay for the hard work they do delivering critical work in Ontario’s schools.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Important information for HSA members affected by the order

HSA has learned that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites was lifted in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority by an exemption issued by the local Medical Health Officer on July 7, 2022.

The employer failed to inform the union of the change affecting health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities.

Provincial Health Officer order restricting certain health care workers to working at a single site during the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end

Important information for HSA members affected by the order

HEABC has announced that a Provincial Health Officer order from April 2020 restricting health care workers from working at multiple sites will be lifted effective January 1, 2023.

The order affects health care workers at long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and provincial mental health facilities, and had an impact on provisions of the HSPBA collective agreement. An estimated 800 HSA members were affected.

HSA Welcomes BC Health Human Resources Plan

As health science professionals across the province continue to report critical staffing shortages, crushing workload, and increasing concern about how they can maintain a high standard of care for patients, HSA welcomes the introduction of a health human resources strategy today by Health Minister Adrian Dix and Advanced Education Minister Anne Kang.

“HSA members have reached their breaking point. This action plan provides a promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel,” HSA President Kane Tse said.

HSA wins $10 million settlement for health science professionals

Following a major victory by HSA, close to $10 million will be paid out to health sciences professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) 2014-2019 collective agreement. HSA is the lead union in the HSPBA, which represents 20,000 specialized health professionals working in hospitals and communities across BC.
 

HSA launches 'Climate Challenge'; show your climate action to win!

What are you doing to help fight climate change?

HSA is challenging you to show how you and your coworkers are making a difference in the climate crisis. Entering the Climate Challenge is fast, easy, and encourages others to create change as well. You’ll also have a chance to win a prize!

To enter the challenge

HSA Welcomes Government Action to Increase Training

HSA President Kane Tse today welcomed news that the BC government is adding 322 new training spots for health science professions facing dire shortages, and providing bursaries for internationally-educated health science professionals looking to join the BC workforce.

Updates to BC’s Emergency Health Provider Registry

Since its launch, the Emergency Health Provider Registry (EHPR) has adapted to respond to health system emergencies (including floods, wildfires, and other climate-change related disasters) and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 10,000 people are currently registered with the EHPR and the Ministry of Health is undertaking a refresh of the system to update registrant information and improve our capacity to contact and deploy registrants in a timely way.

HSA secures $3 million in new funding for professional development

Please note that applications for this fund are not yet open. Members will be notified when application forms are available.

The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce $3 million in new funding for professional development of health science professionals. The new funding, secured from the BC Ministry of Health, is the latest in the union’s long-standing program of support for the professional development of members, building on $3 million provided in 2018 and another $3 million in 2021.

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