BC care aides file complaint

The BC Care Providers Association held an emergency meeting Monday in Kelowna and has filed a complaint against the provincial government over what it perceives to be unfair labour restrictions.

The BCCPA is upset because it contends the B.C. government is imposing undue and unfair restrictions on out-of-province care aides who wish to work in the province, thereby contravening the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

The group believes the restrictions are making a staffing crisis in B.C. even worse.

Out-of-province care aides who wish to work at publicly funded B.C. care homes must pay $800 for a written examination that allows only one per cent of applicants to proceed without additional courses and training. They also have to take the test in Vancouver.

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