Premier François Legault announced a new program that aims to bring 10,000 new workers to the province's nursing homes. Quebec will pay you to take classes to learn to become a CHSLD attendant. The three-month program will take place from June to September.
"In the next few days, we'll launch a large campaign to convince 10,000 people to register in classes to become a nursing home attendant," said Legault.
During training, students will be paid as service assistants at a salary of $21 per hour. If you pass your course after three months, you'll benefit from the new salary rate proposed by the government at $26.89 per hour, or around $51,000 per year.
"I think it's an offer that's interesting. It's an offer that, many people say, with reason, that is not a question of money or salary — it's work that's fulfilling," said Legault.
Legault underlined that with an additional 10,000 workers, it'll be possible to step up efforts to improve the conditions and infrastructure of the province's CHSLDs.
The Premier outlined this plan in response to a Canadian military report that indicated a noticeable lack of personnel in CHSLDs.
The report from the army accounts for the 25 CHSLDs in Quebec where military personnel was stationed.
In addition to staffing issues, the military report noted a need for "the establishment and effective monitoring of cold, warm and hot [infection] zones," as well as "discipline in the application of best practices in the area of the use of PPE [personal protective equipment]."
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"Based on our observations," the report states, "the most pressing need in Quebec's CHSLDs is the amount of personnel with proper medical training."
Premier Legault said that the results of the report didn't surprise him.
"I retain above all two things from the report," he said. "We are missing 10,000 people [which] makes it very difficult to ensure that it is not the same employees who are in the hot zones and in the cold zones, inside the same CHSLD."
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"The other problem that was noted too, is the use of personal protective equipment. [...] Of course, by having 10,000 people who have had no training, who are not qualified, for the most part, there were some that came back from retirement, it is more difficult to apply the guidelines on when and how to wear personal protective equipment."
More details about the new program to train CHSLD workers are coming in the next few days.