Training More Workers for Care Homes Across Ontario

Published on May 03, 2021

Province supporting new training initiative led by Conestoga College



May 3, 2021


KITCHENER — To help the province recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and address the need for more trained care workers across the province, the Ontario government is helping 500 people train as Long-Term Care Home Assistants so  they can work safely in long-term care homes. Conestoga College is receiving $4,852,500 to lead this free training in close cooperation with long-term care employers and Employment Ontario service providers.


“Our government is committed to modernizing long-term care and this includes having the staff we need to support our most vulnerable,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “This investment will help us deliver on our government’s Canada-leading commitment to ensure residents receive, on average, four hours of direct daily care per day and help 500 Ontarians train for careers in the long-term care sector. This is in addition, to the training programs we’re investing in through Ontario’s public colleges, private career colleges and school boards will graduate up to 16,500 new PSWs in the next year.”


Conestoga’s new SkillsAdvance Ontario project will help 475 job seekers and 25 incumbents gain the skills and work experience needed in long-term care homes across Ontario. The free training will take seven weeks, including five weeks of essential and technical skills training and a two-week paid job placement with a long-term care provider. The academic part of the training will be delivered entirely online through a combination of instructor-led virtual classroom sessions and e-learning classes that the trainees complete on their own. The training will include important topics like Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC); Health and Safety, Housekeeping skills; Dining room service techniques, communication strategies in long term care, “Food Safety Certification” training; and Supporting the resident and interprofessional team.


“COVID-19 has demonstrated how important having trained staff working with our vulnerable long-term care residents is for their safety and wellbeing,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “This investment in Conestoga College will not only address workforce needs in Waterloo Region, but across the province, benefiting our health care system while providing meaningful opportunities for job seekers.”


"Personal support workers are vital to providing quality care for our seniors and this investment ensures they will receive the supports they deserve,” said Kitchener-South Hespeler MPP Amy Fee.  “Our government's commitment to this program not only creates meaningful jobs in the health-care sector, but also adds further protections for those who live and work in long-term care homes.


“We greatly appreciate the province’s investment in this important initiative,” said Conestoga President John Tibbits. “The Long-term Care Home Assistant program will address the urgent need for trained staff in LTC homes across Ontario while providing opportunities for laid off workers to gain skills that will allow them to return to the workforce and make positive contributions to the health and well-being of their community.”




  • Ontario is investing $4,852,500 over 2 years in the new SkillsAdvance Ontario project led by Conestoga’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
  • There are currently 78 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario, dedicated to sector-specifc training for jobs in the hospitality and tourism; hospitality and food; steel; mining; construction; manufacturing; warehousing; transportation; healthcare; social assistance; PSW; early childhood education; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; arboriculture; landscape and horticulture; cannabis; financial services; and accessible digital media transportation sectors.
  • The funding for Conestoga’s new project is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
  • The Employment Ontario network includes more than 300 partner organizations across Ontario that offer a range of free services and supports that help businesses find workers and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.






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