Release of the PSW Challenge Fund
Program will train more PSWs in communities across the province, creating a stronger, more resilient health care system
The Ontario government is continuing to build a more resilient health care system for generations to come by making it easier to become a personal support worker (PSW). Ontario is re-launching a $54.7 million financial support program for up to 4,000 new students at private career colleges in Ontario, which will help address the shortage of PSWs in the province.
Through this investment, for eligible students who enrol between June 1 and September 30, 2022, financial support of up to $13,690 will be available to cover the costs of tuition, books and other mandatory fees, as well as a stipend for a clinical work placement. This funding will be available to new students enrolled in a PSW program at one of the participating Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) approved private career colleges.
This investment supports the government’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan, so that long-term care homes can provide an average of four hours of direct care per day to residents, and as well our commitment to modernizing home and community care that will establish integrated and innovative models of care to keep people healthier at home.