Temporarily Increasing Wages for PSWs

Published on October 02, 2020

We know the wages of PSWs do not reflect the critical role they played throughout the pandemic, in addition to their ongoing care of our loved ones. That's why, Premier Ford, Minister Elliott and Minister Fullerton have announced the government is investing $461 million to temporarily increase wages for personal support workers (PSWs) and direct support workers in the home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors. This investment will help the province attract and retain the workforce needed to care for patients, clients and residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The province is providing a temporary wage increase effective October 1, 2020 to over 147,000 workers who deliver publicly funded personal support services:

  • $3 per hour for approximately 38,000 eligible workers in home and community care;
  • $3 per hour for approximately 50,000 eligible workers in long-term care;
  • $2 per hour for approximately 12,300 eligible workers in public hospitals; and
  • $3 per hour for approximately 47,000 eligible workers in children, community and social services providing personal direct support services for the activities of daily living.

 

This wage increase continues to build on the province’s COVID-19 fall preparedness plan which includes an investment of $26.3 million to support PSWs and supportive care workers.

 

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