Ontario celebrates Personal Support Worker Day

Published on May 19, 2021

Today is Personal Support Worker Day in Ontario.

Days like this are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Ontario’s more than 100,000 personal support workers. They have been on the frontlines of our pandemic response caring for some of our most vulnerable Ontarians across our health system, as well as supporting vulnerable Ontarians so they can continue living at home or in the communities they love.

Personal support workers have demonstrated incredible courage and compassion, never wavering in their dedication to keep vulnerable Ontarians safe and healthy.

As personal support workers continue to play a growing role in our health system, our government has always been committed to ensuring personal support workers and Ontario’s health care workforce have the supports and resources they need to continue delivering the exceptional care Ontarians expect and deserve.

Some of these supports include:

  • Investing a total of $700 million in temporary wage enhancements for health care workers, including personal support workers and direct support workers.
  • Investing $4.9 billion over the next four years to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses in long-term care, as yet another measure to deliver on our commitment to increase the average daily time of direct care from 2.75 hours to 4 hours.
  • Introducing the Advancing Oversight and Planning in Ontario’s Health System Act, 2021, that would, if passed, recognize their contributions by establish a new Oversight Authority to support consistency in education, training and standards of practice and foster an environment that supports the personal and professional aspirations of the province’s personal support workers.
  • Adding high-risk health care workers, including many personal support workers, to the list of those eligible to book their second vaccine dose earlier than the four-month interval, offering them full protection from COVID-19.

Today, please take a moment to thank Ontario’s personal support workers for their commitment to care for our most vulnerable.