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March 4, 2021 6:13 AM

Ontario provides tuition-free training for personal support workers

The Ontario government is investing more than $115 million in a new campaign to train personal support workers (PSWs) through an accelerated training program to be delivered through the province’s 24 public colleges beginning early in April 2021. 

The campaign, announced February 24, is part of the government's Long-Term Care Staffing Plan, and one of the largest PSW recruitment and training drives in the province’s history. It will support the training of more than 8,000 new PSWs across Ontario.

 “This is an important step in addressing the urgent need for additional PSWs to support the care needs of vulnerable individuals here in our own community and across the province,” said Conestoga College President John Tibbits. “It also provides an excellent opportunity for those seeking meaningful, in-demand careers.”

The accelerated program is tuition-free for qualified applicants and includes a paid work placement to provide students with practical, hands-on experience. The hybrid delivery model combines online learning with laboratory classes delivered at the colleges and in care settings. Students will become fully qualified PSWs in less than 6 months.

The program begins April 5 with alternative start dates available in May and June 2021. Applications will be accepted beginning early in March.

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