Health Workforce Planning Branch

Employers and Unions

Broader Public Sector Compensation

Compensation for broader public sector employees accounts for more than half of all government spending in Ontario.
Learn more about the steps the government is taking to preserve broader public sector jobs while protecting services for all Ontarians and addressing the province's fiscal reality :


Health System Labour Relations

The Health Workforce Planning Branch of the ministry develops and implements health system labour relations strategies and initiatives that support the government's approach to broader public sector labour relations.

The Health System Workforce

  • More than 500,000 people work in Ontario's health system.
  • Compensation costs represent about 75 – 80 per cent of the ministry's budget.
  • The health system workforce is made up of a diverse group of health care providers. Many of these providers are represented by professional associations, such as the Ontario Medical Association and Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and / or unions, such as the Ontario Nurses' Association, Service Employees International Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Public Service Employees Union and Canadian Auto Workers.
  • Examples of the types of health care providers in Ontario's health system include:
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • Midwives
    • Dietitians
    • Social Workers
    • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists
    • Naturopathy
    • Personal Support Workers
  • Ontario's health care providers work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, long-term care homes, as members of a family health team or community health centre, and in home care.
  • There are hundreds of employers, including non-profit, for-profit and municipal employers.

Ontario Labour Relations Framework

With a focus on health system labour relations, the Health Workforce Planning Branch works closely with other ministries and government agencies to ensure the stability of and compliance with the labour relations framework in Ontario.

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at :
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm


Health Workforce Planning Branch
56 Wellesley Street West,
12th Floor
Toronto ON M5S 2S3

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