Ontario Expanding Personal Support Worker Training Program in Long-Term Care

Training hundreds of additional personal support workers will connect residents to more hours of direct care

June 27, 2023

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $16.5 million to train up to 600 new personal support workers across the province as part of its commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive an average of four hours of hands-on direct care each day by 2025. The Learn and Earn Accelerated Program for Personal Support Workers in Long-Term Care (LEAP LTC) is an online program in partnership with Humber College that accelerates the training of existing long-term care staff, such as resident attendants and dietary aides, to become personal support workers.

“LEAP LTC will help long-term care workers grow their careers, support the staffing needs of rural, remote and northern long-term care homes and most importantly, increase care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “This is part of our plan to hire and retain thousands of personal support workers and nurses as we work to implement a nation-leading standard of four hours of care, per resident, per day.”

First launched in 2022, LEAP LTC consists of full-time online coursework followed by a paid on-site clinical placement at the long-term care home where the participant already works. This makes it possible for people to build their skills without leaving their communities. By providing training, financial and mentorship support to participants, the program helps them overcome geographical and financial barriers that may hinder their career growth.

The government is fixing long-term care to ensure Ontario’s seniors get the quality of care and quality of life they need and deserve both now and in the future. This work is built on four pillars: staffing and care; quality and enforcement; building modern, safe, and comfortable homes; and providing seniors with faster, more convenient access to the services they need.