Northern Ontario | Work for Life

Northern Ontario

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

  • Hospitals

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.

Northern Ontario

Training Providers

Type

Communities

Distance

Option

Career College

Thunder Bay

Community College (1)

North Bay

Yes

Community College (1)

Thunder Bay

Community College

Sudbury

Community College

North Bay, Parry Sound

Community College

Hearst, Kapuskasing, West Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins 

Community College

Dryden, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Wawa, Fort Frances

Yes

Career College

North Bay, Sudbury

Career College

Sault Ste. Marie

Career College

North Bay

Yes

Career College

Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Haileybury, Moosonee

Career College

Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay

Career College

Sault Ste. Marie

Yes

“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.”

 

-Miranda Ferrier
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.

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