Peel Paramedic Union, OPSEU Local 277, is a Local of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. We represent over 500 Paramedics and Vehicle Equipment Preparedness Assistants in the Region of Peel in Ontario, Canada.
Peel Paramedics are recognized as world leaders in pre-hospital care and research. The members of Local 277 respond to over 100,000 calls annually, and are among the highest for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival.
As we continue to grow and strive for excellence in our field, Peel Paramedics and VEPAs proudly participate in research to advance medical knowledge. We are also recognized as having the best door to balloon times in heart attack.
Our Union Local is run by the membership at local meetings. In between meetings the Stewards and the Local Executive Committee deal with day to day operations and advocacy.
Your Local Executive Committee is responsible for administering the affairs of the Union Local. Here is your 2014-2016 Executive Team.
President: Dave Wakely
Vice Presidents: Carol Murray & Jamie Gonsalves
Treasurer: Tim S.
Secretary: Brandon Wiedemann
Unit Stewards: Leo Fobert & Jason Slenys
Welcome to our Local’s home on the internet. OPSEU Local 277 is an active, member-driven local that works hard to be a force for good in the lives of the workers we represent, and in the lives of the community we serve. I am honoured to have served as your President for the past four years and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that the coming years will bring.
Recently, our local ran a psychological first aid course in cooperation with Tema Trust and the Region of Peel. It is my hope that those trained will help make Peel Paramedic Services a safer place to work. We have also supported Cheri Denovo’s PTSD bill, by collecting hundreds of signatures to be presented to the Ontario Legislature.
Our Municipal Political Action Team supported 13 candidates in the last election and I am happy to say that 10 of our endorsed candidates won. Engaging citizens, politicians and our members is key to defending the world class care Peel Paramedics deliver to the people we serve and our local will continue to deliver our message to all stakeholders.
• Peel is the 4th largest municipality in Canada
• Peel’s current population is estimated to be 1.42 million. By 2041, provincial allocations estimate almost 2 million people. Peel currently represents over one fifth of the entire GTA population
• Peel remains a highly diverse and fast growing community
• Current population trends for Peel are expected to continue
• 77 people every day make Peel their home, of which 50 are newcomers
Age and Education
• Peel has the youngest median age (36.9 years) in the GTA
• Peel’s population aged 65+ (136,000) is estimated to increase by almost 200% by 2041 (415,000)
• In 2011, there was 1 senior to every 7 working age persons. By 2041, there will be 1 senior to every 3 working age persons
• Proportion of population with a university education is steadily growing
• Peel has the highest proportion of immigrants (50.5%) in the GTA, surpassing Toronto
• Approximately 65% of Peel’s annual population growth is attributed to immigration
• Peel remains a popular destination of choice for new immigrants to Canada
Mortality, Hospitalizations and Births
• The leading causes of mortality in Peel are related primarily to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease
• Life expectancy in the Region of Peel has increased over the past 20 years and is currently 86 years for females and 82 years for males
• Peel has a higher birth rate (11.6 births per 1,000 population in 2011) than Ontario (10.2 births per 1,000 population in 2011), however this difference is narrowing
Risk Factors and Related Health Outcomes
• Public Health is mandated to improve health outcomes by reducing health risk factors
• Some examples of risk factors that are associated with the chronic diseases we see in Peel are: tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity
• These risk factors are associated with the common chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and hypertension
Tobacco and Alcohol Use
• While tobacco use has declined over the past 10 years, in 2011/2012, 14% of Peel population still smoked which is the equivalent to 162,500 smokers. Males between the ages of 19 and 49 years have the highest smoking rates
• In Peel, 64% of the population are current drinkers and 12% binge drink. There are many health and social implications due to alcohol use
• In 2011/2012, 53% of Peel residents were physically inactive and rates of physical inactivity are higher among immigrants compared to non-immigrants
• A recent Peel study has shown that the cardiorespiratory fitness of youth is poor
• Peel residents have longer commute times (30 minutes) compared to Ontario residents (21 minutes)
Overweight and Obesity
• In Peel in 2011/2012, 51% of the population aged 12 years and older were overweight or obese
• Rates of overweight and obesity have remained stable over the past 10 years
• Sexually-transmitted infections are increasing
• Due to our diverse population, Peel has high rates of tuberculosis, and travel-associated illness such as typhoid and paratyphoid fever
Determinants of Health
• Some examples of how the determinants of health affect health:
o Immigrants have longer life expectancy and lower mortality rates than Canadian born population
o The Canadian born population have higher rates of tobacco and alcohol use compared to immigrants
• Determinant of health concepts include: age, sex, income, education, employment, social status, culture, physical / social environment, social support networks, personal health behaviours and coping skills, healthy child development, and health services
• Each risk factor and health outcome is associated with different determinants of health 6-5