As the population in southwestern Ontario and the North Simcoe Muskoka region continues getting older, the need for home and community care services is growing. But right now, the number of PSWs entering the field is not keeping pace with this rapidly increasing demand. With tens of thousands of PSW visits every week, it is essential that these communities have enough PSWs to meet the need.
To address the persistent shortages of PSWs across southwestern Ontario and North Simcoe Muskoka communities, eight employers (Bayshore Home Health, Care Partners, CBI Health Group, Closing the Gap Healthcare, OneCare, ParaMed Home Health Care, SE Health and VON Canada) and four colleges (Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Georgian College and Lambton College) have formed a partnership to create awareness and provide resources to encourage more people to work as a PSW. With funding for over 200 bursaries and job opportunities for more than 180 PSW students, which includes paid training and placement, the partners hope to increase the number of certified PSWs to ensure that community members will always have access to the care they need.
BecomeaPSW.ca was launched to provide the information and resources people need to consider a career as a PSW in home and community care. By taking it one step further, this site can directly connect people with unique opportunities to help them reach their goal and make a difference in their community.
“PSWs are the backbone of care in Ontario – and there simply aren’t enough of them.”
- MaryLynn West-Moynes, President & CEO, Georgian College