Ontario District School Boards that Offer PSW Programs

For those who are looking to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW) in Ontario, there are many options to fulfill the necessary requirements before you can start working.

There are PSW programs offered by the Community Colleges, Private Career Colleges and there are many other options to become a Personal Support Worker for free

If you prefer online learning, there are many online PSW programs as well. 

Please note that this profession does not fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

This means that unlike Nurses, PSW’s are not regulated and no licensure is required.

However, you do have to obtain a certificate/diploma by completing the PSW course.

PSW Program through District School Board

PSW Course through Ontario District School Boards
 PSW Course through Ontario District School Boards

Out of many options to complete this program, one is through a district school board.

Please note that not all Ontario district school boards offer this program.

There are only 24 school boards that collaborate with C.E.S.B.A. to provide such courses.

C.E.S.B.A. is the Ontario Association of Continuing Education of School Board Administrators that works with public and catholic school boards to develop and run programs geared towards skills development, employment, and continuing education.

District school boards in Ontario offer PSW programs through the Ontario Secondary School (OSS) health technology curriculum and under Cooperative Education Guidelines.

Following is the list of Ontario district school board that offers Personal Support Worker programs.

Please click on the name of the school board to get more details.

Name AddressContact Info
Algoma District School Board644 Albert St E
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 2K7
Phone: (705) 945-7111
Fax: (705) 942-2540
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board151 Dairy Ave
Napanee, ON
K7R 4B2
Phone: (613) 354-2255
Fax: (613) 354-0351
Catholic District School Board of Eastern OntarioBox 2222 2755 43 Hwy
Kemptville, ON
K0G 1J0
Phone: (613) 258-7757
Fax: (613) 258-5067
Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
(French Board)
2445 Saint-Laurent boulevard
Ottawa, ON
K1G 6C3
Phone: (613) 742-8960
Fax: (613) 747-3810
District School Board of Niagara191 Carlton St
St Catharines, ON
L2R 7P4
Phone: (905) 641-1550
Fax: (905) 685-8511
Durham District School Board400 Taunton Rd E
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6
Phone: (905) 666-5500
Fax: (905) 666-6474
Grand Erie District School Board349 Erie Ave
Brantford, ON
N3T 5V3
Phone: (519) 756-6301
Fax: (519) 756-9181
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School BoardBox 2012 90 Mulberry St
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3R9
Phone: (905) 525-2930
Fax: (905) 525-1724
Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board87 Mill Street (3927 Perth Rd 180), P.O. Box 70 Dublin, ON N0K 1E0Phone: (519) 345-2440;
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School BoardBox 7190 1994 Fisher Dr
Peterborough, ON
K9J 7A1
Phone: (705) 742-9773
Fax: (705) 742-7801
Lambton Kent District School BoardBox 2091 200 Wellington St
Sarnia, ON
N7T 7L2
Phone: (519) 336-1500
Fax: (519) 336-0992
Limestone District School BoardPostal Bag 610 220 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON
K7L 4X4
Phone: (613) 544-6920
Fax: (613) 544-6804
Niagara Catholic District School Board427 Rice Rd
Welland, ON
L3C 7C1
Phone: (905) 735-0240
Fax: (905) 734-8828
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board133 Greenbank Rd
Nepean, ON
K2H 6L3
Phone: (613) 721-1820
Fax: (613) 820-6968
Simcoe County District School Board1170 26 Highway
Midhurst, ON
L0L 1X0
Phone: (705) 728-7570
Fax: (705) 728-2265
Thames Valley District School BoardBox 5888 1250 Dundas St E
London, ON
N6A 5L1
Phone: (519) 452-2000
Fax: (519) 452-2395
Toronto District School Board - City Adult Learning Centre344 Bloor Street West, Suite 405
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3A7
Phone: (416) 961-4013
Fax: (416) 961-8138
Toronto District School Board344 Bloor Street West, Suite 405
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3A7
Phone: (416) 961-4013
Fax: (416) 961-8138
Upper Canada District School BoardBag Service1120 225 Central Ave W
Brockville, ON
K6V 5X1
Phone: (613) 342-0371
Fax: (613) 342-0277
Waterloo Catholic District School BoardA Box 91116 35 Weber Street
Kitchener, ON
N2G 4G2
Phone: (519) 578-3660
Fax: (519) 578-5291
York Region District School Board60 Wellington St W
Aurora, ON
L4G 3H2
Phone: (416) 969-7170
Fax: (905) 727-1931

Other Options to Complete The PSW Course

As mentioned above, Community and private career colleges also offer PSW diploma and certificate programs.

Please click here to find out which public community colleges and here to find out which private colleges offer Personal Support Worker Diploma programs.

Programs offered by these colleges may vary in program length, curricula, and method of delivery.

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    • Choedar, Glad to know the article was helpful.
      Let us know if you’d like to know about anything else related to the PSW industry.

  1. I am inquiring about PSW program through the Toronto school board, I live in Scarborough and would like some information on which school provide through the area or outlining area. I would greatly appreciate some information. Thanks

    • Arleen, Toronto District School Board offers PSW program through the City Adult Learning Centre (CALC).
      This course is approximately 7 months long.
      For more information, please click here.
      Let us know if you decide to pursue your course through CALC or elsewhere.

  2. I am International Educated and Registered Nurse I am having difficulties in finding a job as PSW. Regardless that I am on the process of application of my RN and RPN to CNO. I have the result that I am capable to take exam for RPN but still waiting to get my slots in my bridging program. Anyways my concern was most of companies that I applied are looking for PSW Certificate how to get it and equivalency of it with my degree. Also I got my experience in caring for almost 5+ years for elderly.

  3. i am new intake i live in ottawa i read social work first and second degree i will like to study psw in any government recognised school in ottawa

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