Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support Program

Published on November 12, 2020

Ontario is seeking individuals interested in making a difference by helping seniors living in long-term care homes.

The government is looking for people to become Resident Support Aides (RSA) to work at long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new recruits will be deployed in areas most in need such as Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto.

These RSA’s will assist residents with daily living activities including assistance during meal times and nutrition breaks, with the coordination of visits, and support with technology or recreational activities.

This is part of a new program focused on recruiting, training, and deploying individuals and is called the Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support.

The program is targeted at individuals interested in new opportunities – specifically those who are unemployed or have been displaced from the retail and hospitality industries or administrative roles as well as students in education programs.

Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to create a profile on the Ontario Matching Portal, where they will be screened, selected to complete online training, and matched with a long-term care home requiring support.

To help improve their quality of life, Ontario is increasing the hours of direct care for long-term care residents to an average of four hours per day. This direct hands-on care is provided by nurses or personal support workers to support individual clinical and personal care needs.

This new commitment to improve quality of care includes unprecedented changes to educate and recruit the tens of thousands of new personal support workers, registered practical nurses and registered nurses that will be required.

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