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The majority of therapists in BC work in positions funded through the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Education.

Ministry of Health Positions are funded through the Health Regions. The majority of health-funded positions in Early Intervention (0-6) are Speech-Language Pathology Positions. These positions are posted consistently and managed through the Health Regions.

Fraser Health
Interior Health Authority
Northern Health Authority
Provincial Health Services Authority
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Most Early Intervention Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are funded through contracts granted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The agencies are often Child Development Centres or coalitions of Child Services within a community. Agencies awarded these contracts have reported increasing difficulty in recruiting therapists in all three disciplines. These positions have traditionally been poorly advertised.

Most positions in the province are unionized. The standard employment contract is the Collective Agreement between the Health Employers Association of BC and the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association. Therapists working at agencies certified by HEABC are members of many different unions, including HSA, BCGEU and CUPE. This contract was compared with wages and benefits across Canada and is considered the benchmark agreement for the province.

There are some therapists in the province (approximately 25 FTE) who are working at agencies certified by the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). The majority of members in the Bargaining Association belong to BCGEU, although there are some members of other unions there, including HSA. This CSSEA Collective Agreement does not offer competitive wages and benefits, with some therapists earning up to $11.00/hour less than the equivalent work in a health agency. Some employers are negotiating separate wage scales and agreements with their local union representatives in order to recruit and retain their professional staff.

Click here for a briefing on the history and the impact of the CSSEA agreement. (44K pdf) 

We are hopeful that this web site will assist these agencies in recruiting professionals and that therapists will be successful in finding rewarding employment within the province.

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