The province is providing nearly $135,000 to help train new Personal Support Workers (PSWs).  

Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development announced the funding through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.  

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) – Ontario Branch is matching the funds bringing the total for the program to nearly $270,000.  

Sharon Goodwin, Senior Vice-President, Home and Community Care for VON Canada says their Personal Support Workers play a very important role in enabling people to remain at home, where they want to be. 

“We do have shortages of PSWs in Ontario and this partnership with CTS Canadian Career College with the support of the Ontario Government will allow us to increase the supply of VON PSWs across the province,” she says. 

Fedeli says the funding will help train 35 VON workers through remote delivery of the Personal Support Worker program at CTS Canadian Career College.  

“It does include instructor-led virtual classes, placements, labs in a permanent facility.  We’re very appreciative of the efforts that all have taken to respond to the workforce needs of the healthcare sector,” he says. 

McNaughton says this program helps workers get job-ready training and support the province’s most vulnerable residents.  

“We really are laser-focused on ensuring we’re matching people for in-demand jobs in every single community right across the province.  Today alone in Ontario 220,000 jobs have gone unfilled.  These are paycheques ready to be collected whether in healthcare or industry,” he says. 

Fedeli, who is also Ontario’s Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister, highlighted the Stats Canada jobs report saying they’re pleased to see employment in Ontario increased by 116,900 in June. 

“We are certainly cognizant of all of the sacrifices that many families and businesses have made over the past 15 months, but we’re definitely seeing the recovery starting to take place here in Ontario,” he says.