Ontario to Invest in Training for Personal Support Workers

By: Laura Steiner
The province of Ontario is investing more than $4.1 million into the training of 373 Personal Support Workers (PSWs).  The announcement was made by Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton.
“Our government is taking comprehensive action to help people develop new and incredibly important skills that will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our province,” McNaughton said.  The Ford government has promised Long-Term care residents will receive four hours of daily care.
The funding will support eight projects including the following:

  • $295,500 for Canadore College to connect 20 unemployed jobseekers from the local Ontario Works caseload with PSW training
  • $941,000 for the Canadian Career Academy of Business & Technology Inc to support the Pathway2PSW project in Lanark and Renfrew Counties in training 60 participants. This project features a health care assessment, formal health care training and virtual reality learning.
  • $265,810 to Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology to provide employers with up to 20 job-ready, skilled workers and provide participants with employment and training services in the health care sector.

“Working closely with our colleges and other important health care training partners, we can help many people prepare for new and rewarding careers, while solving a decades long problem, which is a shortage of PSWs in Ontario,” McNaughton said.  The Ontario Health coalition released a report last year saying LTC facilities were short staffed.