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The Perfect Storm: Solutions to the Growing Health Human Resource Crisis

The Conference Board of Canada, May 31, 2018
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Today in Canada there are more people aged 65 and over than there are 14 years and younger. This statistic, combined with an aging workforce, low-recruitment rates, high incidence of burnout and injury, and funding challenges, leaves Canada’s seniors care sector facing a serious health human resource crisis.

Seniors today are living at home longer, arriving at long-term care homes later, and with more complex health issues than ever before. However, with key investments to ensure retention among health care professionals, as well as a robust recruiting process will ensure that Canada is able to secure the next generation of continuing care workers.

Webinar Highlights

In this recorded webinar, Daniel Fontaine and Lara Croll address the national health human resource crisis, touching on how restrictive immigration policies, low awareness of job opportunities, and increased housing values are also adding to the worker shortage in the publicly funded seniors care sector. They also discuss:

  • Key elements required for developing a robust health human resource strategy for the continuing care sector;
  • The urgent need for all stakeholders, including government, employers, labour, and post-secondary institutions to work collaboratively towards a solution; and
  • How Canada can meet the projected growth over the next decade, when the seniors care sector is expected to be the fastest growing sector in our economy.

About Daniel

Photo of Daniel FontaineDaniel Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer, BC Care Providers, has an extensive background working in the non-profit and private sectors, as well as government. A graduate of the University of Manitoba in political science, Daniel went on to become one of B.C.’s most sought after political advisors and campaign organizers, working closely with provincial cabinet ministers, a Vancouver mayor as chief of staff, and a leading Canadian academic.

A frequent guest on television news and radio talk show panels, Daniel is also a former political columnist with 24 Hours newspaper. Daniel served on the Board of Directors for Douglas College, and the BC College of Psychologists from 2004 to 2010. He currently serves on the board of SafeCare BC and is the President of the Canadian Association for Long Term Care.

About Lara

Photo of Lara CrollLara Croll is the Health Human Resource Analyst for the BC Care Providers Association, having joined the BCCPA's Policy and Research Department in 2015. Lara's previous experience also includes survey development and program coordination for SafeCare BC. Lara has a background in health and housing policy, having completed her Masters of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, and an undergraduate in Economics at UBC. Lara currently sits on the Board of Directors for Watari Counselling and Support Services Society.

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