The labour dispute between nine Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) employers and care coordinators is going to arbitration.

Care coordinators including those in North Simcoe-Muskoka, will go back to work today while arbitration is underway. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins said in a statement it is his hope a resolution can be quickly reached to ensure that people can continue to access the quality home and community services they need now and in the future.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), who represents over 3,000 CCAC registered nurses, says they always believed arbitration was fair and reasonable and best for the patients they serve. ONA says unfortunately, it took their members’ resolve when forced out on to the picket lines to bring the government and employers to their senses.

ONA has said care coordinators in North Simcoe-Muskoka are one of the lowest paid in Ontario. The CCAC workers are asking for 1.4 per cent on a two year contract