Fast Track Journey From Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) to Personal Support Worker (PSW)

Internationally Educated Nurse to Personal Support Worker

Are you an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) and would like to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW)?

Yes, there is a way!

And you do not even have to complete the PSW course.

This is your golden opportunity to become a PSW in Ontario.


You may also be eligible to receive a $5000 incentive from the Government of Ontario.

Eligibility Criteria

Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) can work as PSW and become eligible for the $5000 PSW return of service incentive.

You must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Complete the International Nurses Grandfathering Program to PSW (INGP-PSW) to become a member of the Ontario Personal Support WorkerAssociation on or after April 1, 2020, and
  • Be willing to accept the full-time work schedule by your new employer.

Some of the other requirements are:

  • Be able to legally work in Canada (you must be either a Canadian citizen, a permanent residency or have a current and valid work permit)
  • Documents such as certificates, diploma or degree from your home country that shows your completed education,
  • Current Immunization Records, and
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certificate

How to Apply?

Ontario Personal Support Worker Association (OPSWA) is undertaking the process of assessing the eligibility of many internationally trained nurses to be grandfathered as PSW.

Complete the application here to be considered for the grandfathered membership.

How Much Does it Cost?

There is a one-time fee of $282.50 (including HST) that OPSWA will charge you for this program.

You however also get a $1 Million personal liability insurance. The liability insurance provides you the protection of your personal assets and includes errors and omissions coverage.

The insurance is provided by top bin insurance solutions.

If you have any questions, you can contact OPSWA directly or contact us here at PSWHQ.

Resources you’ll need to become a Personal Support Worker

On this page, you can find anything there is to know about why 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 PSW.

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 PSW 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. Can international trained nurse work as PSW in Ontario?

The answer to this question is yes, international trained nurses can work as PSW in Ontario. If they have the appropriate qualifications and experience then they may be able to find employment.

2. Can US RN work in Canada?

Healthcare professionals from other countries who want to work in Canada can apply for a variety of immigration schemes. With the new rule, nurses with US NCLEX RN can work in Canada as registered nurses.

3. Is a CNA the same as a PSW?

The short answer is no. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) works under the supervision of registered nurses in Canada and performs general care tasks, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, and dressing. A PSW provides assistance with activities of daily living to people who are unable to do them themselves or need help because they have a disability or illness.

4. Are PSW in demand?

The answer to this question is yes. There are many reasons why PSW is in demand. The first reason is that there will be a large population of elderly people who will need home personal care and assistance, which means more jobs for PSWs.

5. How can a nurse get a work permit in Canada?

To become a nurse in Canada, foreign-born workers must first follow a few simple steps:

  1. Do your research on each provincial association.
  2. Assess yourself and apply to a province.
  3. Upon receiving your temporary permit, you should apply for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).

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  1. Can a foreign-trained and experienced nurse who is living in India apply for a work permit for Canada as a Personal Support Worker or a Nursing Aide?

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