The Health Services & Support – Community Subsector Association Collective Agreement covers approximately 21,700 health care support workers in BC. The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union (UFCW) and the Health Sciences Association (HSA) represent the employees in the Community subsector.
Employees provide support services in various community settings including private homes, group homes, residential community living homes, supported employment programs, child development centres, adult day programs, mental health centres, community service agencies and health authorities throughout BC.
Community health workers make up the largest classification group in this subsector. Community health workers are employed to provide home support services through contracted agencies and directly for the province's health authorities.
HEABC and the members of the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) have ratified a three-year agreement for the period April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2025. HEABC and the CBA reached a tentative agreement on January 16, 2023 under the province’s Shared Recovery Mandate for public sector bargaining. The agreement supports the key priorities of protecting services, improving health care and preparing for future needs and challenges, while supporting the province’s continued economic recovery for all.