Fair Wages for Those Serving Manitobans with Disabilities
Manitobans with disabilities need and deserve well-trained, qualified and dedicated support staff who are paid a living wage and who provide consistent, high standards of care.
- Agencies providing support are reporting 20% to 50% turnover rates for direct support professionals (DSPs). A 40% turnover rate means that an adult being supported may receive care from up to 164 different staff over 10 years, or 770 DSPs cycling in and out of their lives from age 18 to 65.
- DSPs in the disabilities sector are among the lowest paid human service workers in Manitoba and are paid significantly less than those working in childcare and homecare support roles. Wages can start at $12.15 per hour, and many long-term, skilled staff remain at this wage level after 20 years.
- Low wages result in transient staff, high turnover, staff shortages, challenges recruiting suitable staff, decreased knowledge, skill and experience, and ultimately, reduced quality of supports.
Quality of life for all Manitobans depends on developing and maintaining close relationships with those around us.