Component 8 - Community Health Services

As a Component 8 Community Health Services member, you are covered by the Community Health Sub-Sector Collective Agreement.

BCGEU is structured to have 12 regions divided amongst 11 Components.

Community Health became their own component in the beginning of 2011 and we represent over 9000 members across BC. This includes members employed in the health authorities, home support agencies, non-direct government and others in the private sector.

Who are we:
Workers in this sector work in three main areas:

1) About half of the sector are Community Health Workers. These are care givers who travel throughout our communities to provide essential care including medical and support services. This allows many of our most vulnerable seniors the choice to remain in their own home. They also assist other who are unable to care for themselves.

2) Some workers in this sector provide services to those who suffer from mental health and addiction issues.

3) Others work out of community based facilities providing administrative health services and other medical services such as arranging immunization clinics and preserving the integrity of vaccines.

Bargaining Updates

Nov 20, 2015

Nominations are now open for 3 bargaining committee positions.

Nominations will close on December 14, 2015.

Apr 7, 2015

As you know, the Employer served notice to the HSPBA that they would be making changes to the PHSA lab design, specifically, that the supervisor roles would be redesigned and amalgamated into four

Feb 2, 2015

I am pleased to advise that after respectful dialogue with your Employer, regular Community Health Workers (CHW'S) employed by Beacon will be able to maintain unpaid lieu day entitlement and the ab


Component News

Nov 26, 2015

The BCGEU is aware that a meeting with 36 workers was held on November 22. The BCGEU asked to be in attendance, but we were denied access to be in attendance.

Nov 25, 2015
Nov 20, 2015

We are aware that a meeting has been called for this Sunday, November 22 for a number of employees. I contacted the Director at Living Well to inquire into the purpose of this meeting.


Media Coverage

Oct 16, 2015

Laid-off home care workers want back on the job, say seniors' service reduced. Read more.

Oct 15, 2015

A not-for-profit provider of home-care services is laying off 89 staff at the end of October because Vancouver Coastal Health is turning the work over to volunteers.