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Personal Support Worker Jobs: Current and Future Trends

Personal Support Worker Jobs in Ontario are plenty and they are going to be even more in years to come.

Couple of reasons fuelling this trend are:

  • Government of Ontario has acknowledged, as described further in the article, how critical a role PSW’s play in delivering healthcare, and
  • Contribution PSW’s can make to address the fiscal challenges currently faced by Ontario Healthcare System.


Ontario is the most populous province in Canada.

The entire population is aging and it is aging fast. Seniors (age group 65 and up) are the fastest aging group.

Presently, 14.4 percent of Ontario residents fall into this group.

Due to high number of seniors that require healthcare services, Ontario’s Health Care System is starting to show signs of distress.

It is expected to worsen in the years and decades to come, primarily due to manifold increase in the number of seniors.

Check out the graph below to depicting an 8.9% increase in Ontario senior’s population in the next 25 years.

Seniors Population of Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have acknowledged the current problems and future challenges.

It has formulated an Action Plan for Ontario’s Healthcare.

Key focus of the plan is to:

  • deliver the best possible healthcare while reducing costs, and
  • introducing fiscally viable healthcare workforce.

To make this happen, a transformation of the current model of health care delivery system is required.

One way to make this happen is by substituting more home and community care for less acute and residential care.

Majority of home support is and will be provided by Personal Support Workers.


Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care estimates 90,000 Personal Support Workers in Ontario, one of the largest healthcare workforces and a virtual backbone of the health care delivery system.

PSW jobs are spread across healthcare providing institutions.

Majority of PSW’s are employed in a wide variety of facility and community based settings in the city of Toronto and it’s suburbs of Brampton and Mississauga.

Check out the following graph to get an idea on where the current Personal Support Worker Jobs are.

Current Personal Support Worker Jobs

In Public healthcare settings, all the employed PSW’s get paid a total of two billion dollars each year.

According to one conservative estimate, the need for care workers in this category is expected to double in the next five to ten years.


As mentioned above, Ontario Government has acknowledged this fact and has taken steps in the right direction.

Two commendable changes that have already been implemented are:

  • A freeze on the total amount of compensation for doctors and to use that money to hire more Personal Support Workers.
  • Increased home and community care funding by four percent over the next few years.

As the Healthcare Action plan is further implemented, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be adding four million hours of community based care by PSW’s over the next four years.

This translates into 2080 new full time PSW Jobs in Ontario over the next few years.

15 comments… add one
  • Janette December 3, 2013, 5:39 pm

    this helped me a lot. I am doing a report and i found that it helped me.

    • Avtar February 26, 2014, 5:59 pm

      Glad to know that the information was helpful!

  • Admin December 4, 2013, 5:44 am

    Glad to know that the article was helpful!

    • Nikolina May 3, 2016, 6:09 pm

      Do yu know what hospitals in Hamilton hire PSW and what’s their website thnx in advance

  • jean adras December 18, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I would like to apply for toronto city psw jobs

    • Admin December 23, 2013, 7:27 am

      Hello Jean,
      There are many places where you can apply for PSW jobs in Toronto.
      click here for more details. Please note that there are only a few nursing homes that are operated by the city of Toronto. For a complete list and more details about Personal Support Worker jobs in Toronto, please visit this page.
      Additionally you can apply with many other nursing homes and long term care homes. Depending upon where you live, you can apply to Nursing homes in Etobicoke, York, or Scarborough.
      Some hospitals also hire PSW’s. Click here for a list of Hospitals.
      Good luck!

  • Elena April 27, 2014, 10:02 am

    How I can apply as PSW in Hospitals.

    • Avtar April 27, 2014, 6:40 pm

      With any job posting you come across, it is always very important to apply only in the manner indicated. And this is true for Hospital PSW jobs as well.

      Having said that, most hospitals accept applications ONLINE ONLY.

      It is also wise to create a profile with the hospital you want to work at. Some hospital websites also give you the option to sign-up for email job alerts according to the criteria you’ve specified. This way you won’t miss any posted jobs and would also be among the first people to know about it.

      You can find a comprehensive list of all the hospitals in Ontario by clicking here. Clicking on the campus name will take you directly to the careers section of that particular hospital.

      And if you are looking to apply to hospitals that hire PSW’s in GTA, please click here. This section will be updated soon with names of more hospitals that have started to hire PSW’s. So check back soon.

      Best of luck.

  • Beth August 18, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I want to apply as a PSW in hospital in Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. Could you help me for job hiring as PSW. Thanks!

  • Beth August 18, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Looking for PSW job in Royal Victoria Hospital in barrie ontario

  • Driel August 24, 2014, 10:33 am

    I would like to apply for Long Term Care or Hospital PSW jobs around Chatham-Kent .. How can I do so?


  • Joanne Cordero March 7, 2015, 1:34 pm

    Hello, I would like to apply for long term care or PSW, around in Mississauaga area.

    • Avtar June 30, 2015, 11:23 am

      Joanne, kindly refer to our comprehensive article about PSW jobs in the City of Mississauga.
      There is detailed information about all the hospitals, Long-term care homes, Nursing homes and employment agencies that hire PSWs, all from the City of Mississauga.

      Let us know if the article was helpful.

  • Fiona March 12, 2017, 10:51 pm

    wanting to start my own senior care business and would take the PSW course first. I have been a vet tech for 17 years, so have nursing experience, but with animals instead. Any advice?

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