OCHU/CUPE bargains a provincial collective agreement with the Ontario Hospital Association and lays that pattern down across the hospital sector and for those long-term care facilities which have a relationship with a hospital.


2021 Bargaining

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Collective Agreements


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Download the most recent part-time collective agreement.

Combined (EN)

Download the most recent combined collective agreement in English.

Combinée (FR)

Téléchargez la dernière convention collective combinée en français.

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Workload Forms


Download the RPN workload complaint form.


Download the non-RPN workload complaint form.



Emergency Measures Needed to Address the Health Care Staffing Crisis

Ontario’s hospitals, long-term care (LTC) and home care services face critical and growing staffing crises. Our province’s health care system is not on the brink of crisis, it is in crisis. It is not an overstatement to describe a number of facilities and...

Newsletter – January 6

Directive 5 | CUPE, SEIU, Opposition parties call for end to wage restraint

OCHU, SEIU and Ontario opposition leaders urge Premier to recall Legislature to deal with health staffing crisis, beginning with scrapping wage cuts under Bill 124

OCHU president Michael Hurley and Sharleen Stewart president of SEIU Healthcare were joined by the three leaders of the opposition (NDP, Liberal, and Green) for a media conference on Thursday, January 6, 2022, to call on Premier Doug Ford’s Ontario government to immediately recall the legislature for an emergency session to confront the harsh reality of the province’s health staffing crisis starting with the urgent repeal of Bill 124.

OCHU-CUPE & SEIU call on government to ramp up protections for HCWs in the face of Omicron

Dear Dr. Moore,
We write to you on behalf of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE and the Service Employees International Union- Healthcare (SEIU). Together we represent over 100,000 staff working in hospitals, long term care and homecare in Ontario.

Ontario government’s erratic, ad hoc approach to the health workforce will mean a shortage of more than 50,000 nurses and personal support workers

With health care job vacancies skyrocketing, new long-term care beds and a provincial government fond of “Band-Aid” health workforce approaches, Ontarians will see unprecedented health care staff shortages of more than 50,000 workers over the next few years.

Newsletter – November 8

Ford government won’t mandate vaccination | New Brunswick | Dec. 7 protest

Newsletter – October 29

Bargaining, Court decision on UHN vaccination policy, New Brunswick strike

Vacancies and Labour Shortages Affecting the Hospital and Health Care Workforce

Across Canada, the number of vacancies for health care positions has increased dramatically during COVID. However, this increase only exacerbates a trend since 2015, whereby the number of vacancies for health care jobs has increased. 

Premier urged to look at real threats to Ontario hospital viability and staffing crisis; high workloads, chronic understaffing, high infection risks and violence

TORONTO, ON - Responding to a recent letter from Premier Doug Ford asking for input, two of Ontario’s largest health care unions are urging him to move beyond the excuse of vaccination mandates and acknowledge the real reasons why there is a growing and critical...

OCHU-CUPE asks Premier Ford to deal with all of the major reasons why hospital workers are quitting

Dear Premier Ford,  We share your concerns about the importance of vaccination for hospital workers and the impact that mandatory vaccination may have on the already critical staffing shortage in hospitals. Ontario has had the fewest staff to hospital patients of...

Contract negotiations for 70,000 Ontario hospital workers break down over hospitals’ refusal to seriously address health and safety issues, including pandemic protection and violence

TORONTO, ON - “We are deeply disappointed that Ontario’s hospitals will not seriously address the pressing health and safety needs of registered practical nurses, personal support workers, clerical, cleaners and other front-line hospital staff,” say the Canadian...

Ontario Government: Hospital Workers Should Work Harder

With as much fanfare as it could muster, the Progressive Conservative government of Doug Ford re-announced its Budget plan of $300-million for hospitals to deal with the backlog of surgeries and procedures caused by the COVID-19 shut down of hospital...

“We were there for patients in the pandemic,” say Hamilton and Niagara hospital workers rallying Thursday against wage cuts and concessions

More than 8,000 front-line staff working at Hamilton and Niagara area hospitals are speaking out about their dissatisfaction with how their hospital employers and Doug Ford’s provincial government are treating them. Rally actions are planned this Thursday, July 22 at hospitals in Hamilton, and St. Catharines.

OCHU and SEIU Summer Rallies

Read more for all dates and locations.