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Ontario pledges over $4M to train new PSWs

Ontario Minister of Long Term Care Merrilee Fullerton answers questions during the daily briefing at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday May 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Ontario government says it will spend more than $4-million to help train hundreds of personal support workers (PSW).

The province says the funding will go towards eight projects in regions hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Ottawa and the GTA, and help train 373 new PSWs.

“Personal Support Workers are the backbone of long-term care and do important work to ensure that our loved ones receive the quality of care they need and deserve,” Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, said.

“Modernizing long-term care means making it a better place for residents to live, and a better place for staff to work, which we will achieve through coordinated partnerships and programs across government.”

It says some of the projects are already underway, while others will start in the spring.

The government says some money will also be used to develop educational resources meant to reduce PSWs’ exposure to infections.

“Our government is taking comprehensive action to help people develop new and incredibly important skills that will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our province,” Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, said in a release.

“Working closely with our colleges and other important health care training partners, we can help many people prepare for new and rewarding careers, while solving a decades long problem, which is a shortage of PSWs in Ontario.”

Watch the complete announcement below: