Vancouver Coastal Health welcomes back 864 environmental, food-service workers
People accessing health care in the Lower Mainland, North Shore, Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky will benefit from more stable, consistent and supportive patient care as 864 environmental services and food-service workers return to the public system as Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) employees.
The change comes after almost 20 years of workers having services contracted out to private companies.
“A strong health-care workforce begins with workers who have stable, well-paying jobs and are respected as integral part of the care team,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “That is why we have been working hard over several years to transition workers back to the public system with better wages, better benefits and better working conditions. Welcoming them back to Vancouver Coastal Health is a critical step forward, creating a stronger health-care system for all of us.”
Health authorities and Providence Health Care continue to repatriate workers under Bill 47, bringing an estimated 4,000 workers back into the public system.
On Oct. 28, 2022, 864 environmental services and food-service workers will be repatriated at 31 VCH sites.