Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Employer fined $70K for failure to comply with workplace violence, harassment requirements

February 22, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety - Jeremy Warning, Laura Russell and Erich Schafer

An Ontario employer has been fined $70,000 ($87,500 with the surcharge applied) after being convicted of failing to comply with seven Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) orders issued to bring the company into compliance with workplace violence and harassment requirements.  Under the OHSA, employers are required to assess the risk of workplace violence, develop policies on workplace violence and harassment, develop, maintain and implement a program to deal with workplace violence and harassment, and train their employees on these policies and programs.  It appears that the employer in this case failed to meet the requirements and then failed to comply with the resulting Ministry of Labour (MOL) order.


First projects approved for renovation and retrofit of federally-administered social housing

February 22, 2017
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Organizations looking for financial support for renovations and retrofits of social housing now have funding to complete their work. More than 1,000 social housing units for seniors and low-income families and individuals will be repaired and upgraded through an investment of close to $12 million. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) made the announcement today in Edmonton.


ASCHA webinars

February 14, 2017

ASCHA is offering a series of 4 Webinars for ASCHA members sponsored by Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy:

  • Taking the Lead: Essential Skills Every Supervisor Needs to Have Apr. 5 2:00 - 3:00pm 
  • Dementia and Responsive Behaviours May 25 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • Dealing with Difficult People Sep. 26 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • Tips for Creating Effective Business Plans Nov. 8  2:00 - 3:00pm

Visit the ASCHA website for more information or to register.


Health region aims to ease staff pressures in rural long term care homes

February 14, 2017
Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Jonathan Charlton

The Saskatoon Health Region is working on changes to improve staff recruitment and retention at its rural long term care homes.

It’s hard to attract qualified graduates, said Rod MacKenzie, co-director of seniors’ health and continuing care. Smaller homes have fewer full time positions, instead using part time staff during the busier morning and meal times, while many grads are looking for full time employment, he said.

The region has tried to address a shortage of training opportunities in rural areas with an Earn While You Learn program — hiring people in temporary positions while they do their training, then providing a job after graduation.

Read more at http://thestarphoenix.com/health/seniors/health-region-aims-to-ease-staff-pressures-in-rural-long-term-care-homes