Further Extending Temporary Wage Increase for Personal Support WorkersPublished on August 25, 2021
As we head into the fall, ensuring Ontario’s personal and direct support workers are supported will ensure patients continue to receive the high-quality care they need.
The government is investing an additional $169 million to extend the temporary wage increase for personal support workers and direct support workers for the third time since its initial investment last year.
This increase will continue until October 31, 2021 and will help stabilize staffing levels and support our frontline health care workers to ensure the province is prepared to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
Since October 2020, the government has invested $841 million and, with this additional $169 million, will have invested over $1 billion to provide this temporary wage increase to over 158,000 workers who deliver publicly funded personal support services or direct support services.
We are grateful for Ontario’s personal and direct support workers, and their incredible efforts and unwavering dedication to care for our loved ones and many of Ontario’s most vulnerable patients.