So the wait is over.
Registration for the much-awaited Ontario Government-funded accelerated personal support Worker program is now open!.
You can also refer to the Ontario Colleges website for any updates.
Please do note that the funds for taking the personal support Worker program will be directly disbursed to the College.
You will not be receiving any funds from the Government but will be paid for the placement portion of the program.
Mode of Delivery
All the colleges will be offering the personal support Worker program on a full-time basis.
The theory component of the personal support Worker program may be delivered in-class or online, depending upon the course structure and provincial guidelines around COVID-19.
Do note that labs and field work placement will be in-person.
The start of this funded PSW program is being staggered over the months of April, May, and June.
The personal support Worker programs will begin on the following dates:
- April 05, 2021
- May 10, 2021, and
- June 14, 2021
Ensure that you check the start date of the program you’re applying to.
List of Colleges Offering the Tuition-Free PSW Program
Here is a list of all the Colleges that are offering the accelerated PSW programs:
(Please note that this list is constantly being updated as more information becomes available)
All accelerated PSW programs are offered on a full-time basis.
|College||Campus||April Start||May Start||June Start|
|Sault Ste. Marie||✔||✔|
Admission requirements may vary from one college to the other.
Apart from some specific requirements that a particular college may require, some of the common admission requirements for the accelerated PSW program are:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status if you’re 19 years of age or older.
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent
- Mature student
Mature Students Status
Mature student status may apply to eligible students who:
- Do not have a high school diploma or GED, or
- Are over the age of 19.
It is a special status granted to those who wish to pursue a college education but have not completed high school.
Your skills and past experience are taken into consideration.
If you have completed high school a long time ago, you’re considered a high school graduate.
In this case, you’ll not be considered a mature student.
If you are a mature student, you may have to go under some sort of admission testing conducted by the college where you have applied.
Field Placement Requirements
While the admission requirements may vary from one College to the other, work placements are almost the same across all Colleges.
Do note that some Colleges may require you to complete additional clinical placement requirements.
You will not have to fulfill the following requirements prior to admission into the personal support Worker program however they are required prior to the start of your field placement:
- A recent police check, with vulnerable sector screening,
- Immunization record,
- First Aid and CPR (HCP-Healthcare Provider level), and
- Mask fit testing.
The tuition-free PSW program is for Canadian permanent residents and Canadian citizens only.
Some colleges, such as St. Lawrence College in Cornwall is offering admission to international students.
However, do note that international students will not receive any Government financial support associated with the personal support worker program.
In addition, international students will not be paid for the field placement.
Some colleges, such as Centennial College, are accepting international students.
However, do note that for international students, the program cost will not be covered.
In addition, you will not be paid for the practicum part of the personal support worker program.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $95.00 to apply through Ontario Colleges.
You can apply to 5 different or same programs at different start dates in one application.
There may be an additional $5 fee for requesting transcripts from other educational institutions and processing the request for a transcript.
Besides the application fee, there may be some additional cost to obtain certain documents required for the field placement such as the police clearance/vulnerable sector check.
If you have any questions about anything to do with applying to a particular college, it is best to get in touch with Ontario Colleges.
There are very easy to reach and very helpful.
Here is how you can contact them:
Monday to Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET
Live Chat Hours
Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 7 pm ET
8:30 am – 4:30 pm ET
Toll-free in Canada: 1.888.892.2228
Click here to chat live with someone at Ontario Colleges.
Once you click on the above link, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the “Chat Now” button.
Your Admission Offer
All the applications are reviewed by the college where you have applied.
The college makes the final decision on admission.
Once the college has reviewed your application, you may either be:
- Granted admission,
- Waitlisted, or
- Declined admission.
The decision on your application will be posted to your account with the Ontario College application center under “offers” on the home screen.
Keep in mind to check your account regularly to see the status of your application.
Contacting the College
If you have any questions regarding the status of your application or you want to contact the college for any reason related to your admission, you can contact the admissions department of the college you have applied to.
Here is a list of contacts to the admission departments of all the colleges that offer the accelerated PSW training program.
|Algonquin||1 800 565 email@example.com|
|Collège Boréal||1 800 361 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cambrian||1 800 461 email@example.com|
|Centennial||1 800 268 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Conestoga||519 748 5220|
|Confederation||1 800 263 email@example.com|
|Durham||905 721 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fanshawe||519 452 email@example.com|
|Fleming||1 866 353 6464 |
|George Brown||416 415 5000|
|Georgian||705 722 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Humber||416 675 email@example.com|
|La Cité||1 800 267 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lambton||519 542 email@example.com|
|Loyalist||1 888 569 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mohawk||1 844 767 email@example.com|
|Niagara||905 735 2211 |
|Northern||705 235 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sault||1 800 461 email@example.com|
|Seneca||416 493 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sheridan||905 845 9430 |
|St. Clair||1 800 387 email@example.com|
|St. Lawrence||1 800 463 firstname.lastname@example.org|
How to Register/Apply for the Program
Applications for the accelerated PSW training program at any of the Colleges will have to be completed through the Ontario Colleges Application Centre.
If you don’t have one, you will have to create an account on the Ontario Colleges website.
Once you have set up an account, you will be able to search for the accelerated PSW programs.
There will be many PSW courses listed on the Ontario Colleges website.
they may not qualify for Government funding.
When you search for the funded Government PSW program, make sure that you type the following in the personal support worker program search bar:
You can then proceed to select the personal support worker program you wish to apply to.
you can click on the link below to go to the list of fully funded PSW programs:
Resources you’ll need to become a Personal Support Worker
On this page, you can find anything there is to know about how to become a personal support worker, how to succeed as one, and how to continue your education. This is the place to come to and look for all the PSW resources and information that you may need on your journey as a Personal Support Worker.
PSW job interview questions
If you’re determined to pass your next PSW interview with flying colors, we’re here to help. PSWHQ have put together a thorough online guide with PSW interview questions and appropriate sample answers to these questions that hit the target, and are concise and supportive.
Performing well in the interview is just one part of many others needed to secure a PSW Job. First and foremost, you’ll need to have an impeccable résumé and cover letter in order to be called for an interview.
Guide to finding PSW jobs
After you have decided to become a Personal Support Worker and completed the course you are now at a point to start looking for work. It is important that you explore all the jobs listed under different job titles, which is why you should go through our ultimate guide to finding PSW jobs.
We also help you find PSW job postings from hospitals, long-term care homes, and community and private settings.
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1. Is the Ontario Government paying for PSW course?
Yes, the Ontario government is providing a free six-month PSW program to help you start on your career path. In order to provide health care in community settings or long-term care facilities, you must first obtain your license. If you’ve been debating whether or not to return to school, but have always believed that working as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) would be rewarding, this program is for you.
2. Is PSW a good job in Canada?
In our experience dealing with PSW students, we’ve found that there are typically a couple of significant reasons why people choose this profession. First and foremost, there is a great demand for PSWs in Ontario and throughout most of Canada. A career in health care is a fantastic choice if you are seeking a secure and steady job.
3. Is being a PSW worth it?
Being a PSW is worth it because they are able to help people who are going through difficult times. They also get some form of compensation for the work that they do which can be very rewarding, and finally, being a PSW allows them to follow their passion for helping others.
4. What is PSW in Canada?
Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are what are known as unregulated health care professionals in the health care industry. In simple terms, this means that there is no regulating body that sets criteria for the skills and knowledge required to practice medicine. As a result, the abilities, accreditation, and supervision of personal support workers (PSWs) might differ significantly across Canada.
5. What do you know about Ontario challenge to identify and train PSW?
According to the findings of the survey, many public service workers were quitting the industry because they were overworked, underpaid, burned out, or wounded. A $4.1 million initiative to recruit and train 373 new personal support workers (PSWs) across Ontario was launched today by the ministers of long-term care and labour, training, and skills development.
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