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Personal Support Worker Funding Program

The Province of Ontario provides funds to organizations in order to assist with Personal Support Workers (PSW’s) obtaining enhanced subject matter-specific education, as well as to assist with direct care workers obtaining PSW certification in the home and community care sector. 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has initiated a new process for 2015/2016 administration of the PSW training program.  

This new process requires organizations that would like to receive funds for PSW Training to submit training plans as per the template attached to Meals on Wheels London by November 18, 2015 so that all training plans can be compiled and submitted to the Ministry for review by November 20, 2015.

Meals on Wheels London coordinates this funding for eligible agencies in the counties of Chatham-Kent, Elgin, Essex, Grey-Bruce, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Oxford and Perth.

Applications now closed

Deadline for agencies to submit their Training Plan is Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Download and complete the Training Plan, and submit it to pswprogram [at] meals-on-wheels [dot] ca. Review all information and criteria below, before submitting your Training Plan.

NOTE: If you have already submitted your Training Plan, you are required to resubmit your Training Plan with the revised template.

Resources and Downloads:

Training Plan (word document - revised template)
PSW Training Program Criteria (pdf)
Education & Training Provider List


The categories of training eligible for inclusion under the PSW Training fund would be as follows:
 
1. Eligible PSW certification training for individuals to obtain a Personal Support Worker certificate from any one of the following:
a) An Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology and approved for funding purposes by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities;
b) A registered private career college that has received approval from the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges to offer the training and credential; or
c) A publicly funded secondary school within an Ontario district school board and whose program meets the provincial educational standard for the delivery of PSW programs.
Note: no more than 50% of funding provided to each eligible organization within the lead agency’s geographical region would be eligible for use towards eligible PSW certification training.

2. Eligible PSW enhanced training designed to provide specialized training to PSWs in one or more of the following subject matter areas:
  • Specific diseases and/or chronic conditions (e.g. palliative care, mental health);
  • Specific populations (eg. First Nations, children, francophone);
  • Aging and /or geriatric care (e.g. Alzheimer’s, dementia, preventing elder abuse; and,
  • Other specialized training (eg. De-escalation, safe foot care, patient transfers).

Types of organizations that are eligible for funding are:

  • Entities that provide homemaking and personal support services under contract with a Community Care Access Centre in accordance with the “Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994”; and
  • Agencies approved under the “Home Care and Community Services Act,1994”  to deliver personal support and homemaking services.

Note:  Some expenditures that were approved under previous editions of the Fund are no longer eligible for funding. 

 

The following list of training (though not exclusive) will not be considered as eligible for funding by the ministry:

  • First aid / CPR
  • Computer related training
  • Food handling / food and nutrition
  • Basic health and safety / infection control
  • Any training deemed by the ministry to not be relevant to PSW enhanced training within the four categories listed above. 
     

PSW certification training must be obtained through one of the following:

  1. An Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology and approved for funding purposes by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities;
  2. A registered private career college that has received approval from the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges to offer the training and credential; or
  3. A publicly-funded secondary school within an Ontario district school board and whose program meets the provincial educational standard for the delivery of PSW programs.

Also Note:  No individual organization is guaranteed full or partial funding upon submission of the budget request.

For more information contact:

pswprogram [at] meals-on-wheels [dot] ca
519-660-1430

 


The views expressed on this website are the views of Meals on Wheels  London and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.

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