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A tale of two physiotherapists: Why professionals oppose competitive bidding in home care

Sharon and Jackie (not their real names) are experienced physiotherapists nearing retirement. Both do exactly the same public home care work within the region covered by the Champlain CCAC.

Sharon works in the Renfrew area. Jackie works within the City of Ottawa.

The two began their community physiotherapy work as municipal employees in 1992 and 1988 respectively.

When the CCACs were formed, the service transferred from the municipalities to the provincially-run centres. While that also meant transferring from an OMERS pension plan to a HOOP plan, the physiotherapists were told they would experience no actuarial loss. This turned out not to be true, and has been the subject of a lengthy court case about to enter its second decade.

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