The demand for more Personal Support Workers is continuously increasing and has become even more important during this pandemic. Therefore, the Ontario government will provide $86 million to help train up to 8,000 personal support workers (PSWs) through private career colleges and district school boards.
This investment is part of the government’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan and is another way the province is collaborating with key partners to improve the care and quality of life of people living in long-term care. Personal Support Workers are the backbone of long-term care and they play a vital role in providing quality care.
The objective is to ensure that residents of Long-Term Care facilities receive better care as well as enable the training of more PSWs. “This investment will help us deliver on our government’s Canada-leading commitment to ensure residents receive, on average, four hours of direct daily care per day and enable thousands of Ontarians to embark on new careers in the healthcare sector,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.
Here’s what you need to know about Ontario’s financial assistance:
Financial support will be available to new students enrolled in a PSW program at one of the participating Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) approved private career colleges.
Eligible students in private career colleges can receive up to $13,235 to cover the costs of tuition, books and other mandatory fees, as well as a stipend for a clinical work placement. To be eligible for financial support, students must start their PSW training at a participating private career college between May 1 and July 31, 2021.
If you are planning to join our PSW program, please get in touch with an Admission Advisor today.
“Ontario’s private career colleges provide world-class training for our frontline healthcare workers, including PSWs,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. Thanks to this financial assistance, it will now be easier for students to access personal support worker programs at private career colleges.
The Ontario government is also investing $239 million to extend temporary wage enhancements for PSWs and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors.
For more information about Ontario’s financial support or the Personal Support Worker program, request information now.