CSMLS response to Ontario's pandemic pay initiative

May 01, 2020
This past weekend, the Ontario Government announced they would be providing temporary pandemic payments for front-line workers of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. Medical laboratory professionals were not on the list of eligible workers.

CSMLS immediately reached out to the government to express our concerns and lobbied on behalf of our members for inclusion in this program. We have been in active discussions with the Premier’s Office, Ministry of Health and Treasury Board.

While the list of eligible workers was expanded, medical laboratory professionals continue to be excluded. We do not accept the answers we have received.

Medical laboratory professionals are at the heart of Ontario’s pandemic response and we feel that our members are deserving of greater supports from their provincial government during these extraordinary times. 

Lobbying efforts will continue until we achieve a satisfactory result for our members.

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