Ontario Invests in Accelerated Training for Personal Support Workers

Published on February 24, 2021

The Ontario government is investing $115 million to help train and support up to 8,200 personal support workers (PSWs) for high-demand jobs in Ontario’s health and long-term care sectors, starting in October 2021.

In collaboration with Colleges Ontario, this innovative, fully funded Accelerated PSW Training Program will be offered by all 24 colleges starting in April 2021 to help communities experiencing a shortage of personal support workers in long-term care and home and community care.

In addition to funding 6,000 brand new PSWs, 2,200 students in the process of completing an existing PSW program at a publicly assisted college in Ontario will be eligible to receive a $2,000 tuition grant to help them finish their studies.

In total, the funding will support the entry of up to 8,200 PSWs into the workforce by the end of 2021.

Innovative approaches like the PSW Accelerated Training Program is one of the ways the province is accelerating the supply of qualified workers, taking action to fix the historically underfunded and ignored long-term care sector, and supporting the implementation of our historic long-term care staffing plan, released in December 2020. 

A Better Place to Live; A Better Place to Work: Ontario’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan is the government’s plan to increase the hours of direct care for residents to an average of four hours per day.

To implement our staffing plan, we are making additional annual investments, culminating in $1.9 billion annually by 2024-25, to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses and registered practical nurses in long-term care.

It is clear, now more than ever, that we must continue to create a modernized long-term care sector that is truly resident-centred, one that provides the highest quality of care for our most vulnerable people, where and when they need it.

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