It’s no secret that the community sector in Quebec is dogged with high employee turnover, slowing project momentum and putting a strain on groups’ HR capacity. Many community workers, torn between their desire to work and act in collective solidarity and contribute to the common good, and rising pressures on family and health with advancing age, opt for better stability and benefits in the institutional or business sector, to the detriment of community groups who are left dealing with an exodus of talented and competent employees.
The good news it that for the last several years, a coalition has been working to create a collective health insurance plan for community sector employees, and the project has finally been approved. Your organizations can now write in and find out what plans are available, at what cost. Dubbed the ACOCQ, or Assurance collective pour les organismes communautaires du Québec. While you’re at it, if you haven’t signed up for a similar scheme for pension plans, now is the time.