Personal Support Workers play a crucial role in the Canadian health sector. Their role has been more important than ever during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.
with the lack of adequate training and low wages, this profession has faced significant attrition over the past few years.
In order to reduce the shortage of PSWs, the Government of Canada has recently announced a new free accelerated training program aimed at bringing more PSWs into the healthcare sector.
Please note that this online PSW training program is not being offered as of yet but will soon be available. We will inform you as soon as the Government announces further details.
There are other Government funded programs available that you may want to consider.
The Government of Ontario has introduced a much larger program to assist 8200 Personal Support Workers.
There is another program that will provide training and recruit 373 Personal Support Workers.
If you would like to become a Personal Support Worker, there are many free options as well.
The Ontario Provincial Government has launched these two programs:
Please note that the above program is now open for registration.
We are awaiting registration details about the federal Government’s online PSW program.
For anyone who wishes to pursue the federally funded online PSW program, here’s some information you might want to know first:
Why the shortage? And how has the Government come to recognize PSWs to be an integral part of the Canadian healthcare system?
There is no singular reason for the drop in PSWs in Canada.
This year, it seems to be related to the new stresses of COVID-19 and its accompanying healthcare restrictions.
Despite the many downsides to COVID-19, the linked shortage in PSWs has grabbed the Government’s attention regarding how important and vital these employees are to the healthcare system.
What is this new Free PSW Training program?
Approximately $23 million in funding will go towards Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to provide an accelerated program for roughly 4,000 new PSW interns at no cost to students.
The program includes a six-week online training portion, and a four-month paid work placement with an employer in-home or long-term care.
How is the Government of Canada involved in this PSW training program?
The Government is connected to funding CiCan through the Ministry of employment.
Over time and with regular collaboration with interested partners, the Government is hoping to improve the recruitment and retention of PSWs in the workforce.
Furthermore, the Government would like to take this opportunity to improve national healthcare standards while infusing the workforce with support workers.
How will this program be delivered?
CiCan has not mentioned specific colleges as of yet;
CiCan will be collaborating with facilities and training providers across the country, making this an expansive training effort. We know for now that the free PSW program will be online followed by a paid placement.
What is the mode of delivery – online or in-class?
The only portion of the training that will not be remote includes the work training (paid) with employers at certain facilities for four months.
The six-week accelerated training will take place solely online.
In total, students are looking at about 6 months of training before becoming certified.
Any prerequisites for Enrollment?
As of right now, not necessarily. The only prerequisite is that applicants be qualified to work in Canada.
Fees associated with the program?
As mentioned previously, there are no tuition fees for this accelerated PSW program. There has also not been any mentioned application fees yet.
How can one apply for this Program?
Enrollment for the accelerated program will begin in the Spring of 2021. Prospective students just have to apply online.
We are keeping a close eye and will inform you as and when the free PSW program becomes available.
While we await further details on this free Government PSW program, you can explore to see if any of the other PSW programs may be of best fit.
If you’d like to get your feet wet or enhance your skills as a PSW, you can take this free training by the University of Toronto.
The training is completely online and the best thing, you get a certificate from the University of Toronto once your complete the online training. The certificate is a great asset if you are looking for a new job as a PSW and worth putting down in your resume as well.