Northern Ontario is facing a shortage of Personal Support Workers, making this important career a great option if you are looking to do meaningful work that truly makes a difference. Whether you are just starting your career or making a move from another industry, you can start working as a PSW after receiving training ranging from four months to one year.
Whether you live in a smaller community or a city, there are many job opportunities waiting for you. PSWs in the North are typically employed by:
Not-for-profit Home and Community Care agencies
For-profit Home and Community Care agencies
Long-Term Care Homes
Ontario college Personal Support Worker programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, and generally require a grade 12 English credit. Additional recommended or required credits may include senior biology, communications or health.
Please note that certificates are recognized only if provided by a community college, Board of Education, or private college. PSWs require certificates if they intend to work for public home and community care companies, long term care providers, or hospitals.
“Personal Support Workers are the heartbeat of Ontario’s Healthcare system. As a PSW, you will fill the void and loneliness and help make a difference every single day. PSWs are the first on the scene and many times the last to leave. Not just anyone can be a PSW – Only those who are truly special do the job. Become a PSW and you become a rainbow in someone’s dark cloud.”
President, Ontario Personal Support Workers Association
Work for Life is about making sure everyone knows the opportunities available for Personal Support Workers. On this site you’ll find information on the opportunities available in the personal support industry, how easy it is to find work, and the meaningful impact you will have in people’s lives as a PSW.