In 2010, the Government of Ontario declared May 19 PSW Day. PSW Day salutes the hard work and dedication of Ontario’s personal support workers (PSWs) and health aides.
PSWs care for the elderly, injured and disabled in community care, long-term care and hospital facilities. These highly-skilled caregivers are able to handle a wide range of medical issues in the patient’s home, and play an integral role in Canada’s healthcare system.
Join us in celebrating the difference PSWs make in their patients’ lives every day.
In July 2010, the Government of Ontario enacted the Long-Term Care Homes Act. On July 1, 2011, a regulation to this act will change the criteria under which a person working in a long-term care home may be considered a personal support worker. The relevant section of the act is reprinted below:
Qualifications of personal support workers
47. (1) Every licensee of a long-term care home shall ensure that on and after the first anniversary of the coming into force of this section, every person hired by the licensee as a personal support worker or to provide personal support services, regardless of title, has successfully completed a personal support worker program that meets the requirements in subsection (2).
(2) The personal support worker program,
(a) must meet,
(i) the vocational standards established by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,
(ii) the standards established by the National Association of Career Colleges, or
(iii) the standards established by the Ontario Community Support Association; and
(b) must be a minimum of 600 hours in duration, counting both class time and practical experience time.
To find a school that meets these training standards, see our list of PSW programs.