UPDATE: Base Personal Support Worker Salary to be increased to $16.50 by April 01, 2016. The article below does not reflect this. It will be updated soon. For more details on this announcement, please click here.
1st phase of raise ($1.50) was marred by many issues. As a result, 2nd instalment of the raise ($1.50) was put on hold and will be rolled out on August 1st, 2015.
Click here if you’d like to learn on what led up to this raise.
Salary of a Personal Support Worker in Ontario is among the highest in its category of occupations in support of healthcare workers in Canada.
PSW salary varies greatly all across Ontario. There are many factors that affect their salary, such as:
- Location (City)
- Continuing education
- Certain skills that are required by the employer
- Ability to speak read and write another language
According to Statistics Canada’s Labour force survey, following are the wages of a PSW in Ontario :
Another website that has pay database for many Canadian occupations, estimates the Personal Support Worker salary in the range of $24,589 to $41,652 per year.
In general, Hospitals are the highest paying followed by City owned Long-Term Care homes. Check out the following infographic with details about Personal Support Worker Salary in Ontario
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As is evident, PSW salary is fairly competitive and is expected to get even better.
You see, Ontario Healthcare system is stressed by the rising healthcare costs. To prevent the situation from worsening further, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed “Healthcare Action Plan[a2] ” which aims at increasing home and community care funding.
Considering the fact that 70% of home and community care in Ontario is provided by Personal Support Workers and Community Support Workers, there will be more jobs for these healthcare workers.
But due to attrition of existing workforce and multifold increase in the number of seniors requiring care, it will be hard to catch-up with the demand for PSW’s.
Due to above mentioned antagonistic forces, PSW’s are going to be in high demand but there won’t be enough of them to fulfill that demand.
This means only one thing: Personal Support Worker’s salary will go up.
Real examples of hourly pay offered by employers
There is a wide array of pay scales for Personal Support Workers. Here are some of the examples of hourly pay offered by employers on Ontario. These snapshots have been taken from PSW job descriptions posted by various employees.
For facility based care through employment agencies
For Home/Residential Care through employment agencies
Independent/Private Long-Term Care homes (Nursing homes)
City owned Long-Term Care homes (Nursing homes)
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