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 SENIORS AND SUPPORT WORKERS
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.
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.
CURRENT PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER JOBS
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.
Check out the following graph to get an idea on where the current Personal Support Worker Jobs are.
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.
FUTURE OF PSW JOBS
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.