PSWs must be accredited through a provincially recognized training program. Full-time accelerated and standard programs can be completed in anywhere from six months to one year and part-time programs in up to two years. That means there are many ways to learn and train at a pace that works for you.
STEP ONE – Subscribe to Work for Life
Subscribe to our email lists to learn more about the opportunities available in home and community care! Click here to sign up.
STEP TWO- Attend a Work for Life Virtual Event
We host regular “Ask Me Anything” Facebook Live events where a PSW answers some of your most asked questions. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get notified the next time a Facebook Live event is happening.
Work for Life also hosts virtual career fairs with home and community support providers across Ontario. At these events, companies looking to hire PSWs will present to you what opportunities are available. This may include in-house training, partnerships with local colleges, financial incentives, or other important benefits. To sign up to our next career fair, visit our homepage.
STEP THREE – Complete Your Training
Register for an accredited training program to become a PSW. You may choose to do so through a home or community support provider, community college, private career college, or
regional school board.
Financial Support – Receive Up to $13,000!
Ontario is re-launching a 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.
Eligible students who enrol between June 1 and September 30, 2022 could receive 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. To learn more about these programs, click here.
STEP FOUR – Apply!
Once you have completed your accredited training, you may then work as a PSW in Ontario. You can reach out to any home or community support provider through our virtual job fairs or
look for opportunities in your area by visiting one of the job sites below.