2.12.14 - “We […] will hire more […] personal support workers”
Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care was released in February 2023, with a key pillar being the hiring of more healthcare workers. The Ford government points to the steps already taken, such as the Plan to Stay Open, in which the Ontario government is developing a plan for internationally educated personal support workers to join the workforce. They also point to increased training for personal support workers. In the 2023 Budget, the government announced a further $1.2m to the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association, to help with recruitment. This promise is in progress as it is contingent on the number of personal support workers at the end of the government’s second term being net positive compared to the start of the term.
“Ontario continues to support critical frontline health care workers. This is why the government is providing $1.2 million to the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association to help with recruitment efforts by promoting the personal support worker profession in the long-term care sector. The funding will help raise awareness of the profession through outreach with district school boards, community groups, and in job fairs across the province. This investment builds on the government’s ongoing commitment to support frontline health care workers and improve the quality of care for long-term care residents, making a real difference in the lives of seniors and their families.”
“And we are fulfilling our commitment to funding the training of 24,000 personal support workers by the end of 2023. Between Winter 2020 and January 2023, over 23,600 are in training or have completed their training.”
“A new program for internationally educated personal support workers will bring 500 new home and community care and long-term care workers into the system.”
“Here are some key facts about Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations in the Ontario region: Approximately 24,850 people work in this occupation.”