October 2, 2017


Ontario Launches Training Fund for Long-term Care Personal Support Workers

Funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-term care.

WATERLOO, Ont.: The Ministry of Health and Long‑Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced a Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Fund to support the delivery of care to residents in Long‑Term Care (LTC).

For the fiscal year 2017/18, MOHLTC is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC  to coordinate PSW continuing education and training through the delivery of the “Excellence in Resident‑Centred Care” (ERCC) program in partnership with Conestoga College. ERCC has been developed to help long-term care teams achieve Better Care and Better Outcomes using a person-centred, train-the-trainer approach that emphasizes ministry standards and the latest evidence to support care through the following 12 training modules:

  1. Person-centred care
  2. Infection Prevention and Control
  3. Safety and Mobility
  4. Oral Care and Skin Integrity
  5. Continence
  6. Nutrition and Hydration
  7. Delirium, Dementia and Depression
  8. Pain and Comfort
  9. Palliative/End‑of‑Life Care
  10. Self‑Care
  11. Working with Others
  12. Observational Assessment


Watch the ERCC trailer here  The objective of the PSW Training Fund is to help develop and enhance the PSW workforce in LTC to deliver high‑quality and safe care that meets resident needs through continuing education and professional development. The fund aims to help LTC homes train a critical mass of PSWs and sustain ongoing learning that will continue to benefit LTC residents.

The PSW Training Fund will cover tuition and backfill for PSWs from Ontario LTC homes participating in ERCC Trainer Recertification, ERCC Trainer Certification, and ERCC Team Member Training from October 2, 2017 to March 30, 2018.

Each PSW who successfully completes the ERCC Trainer or ERCC Team Member course will receive a certificate issued by Conestoga College and the Schlegel‑UW Research Institute for Aging. Organizations with at least 70% of PSWs trained will receive an organization certificate jointly issued by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Application opens October 2, 2017 at www.pswfundltc.ca.

For more information about the PSW Training Fund, contact:

Chelsea White - Lead, PSW Training Fund for LTC Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long‑Term Care Schlegel‑UW Research Institute for Aging info@pswfundltc.ca  

Media Contact

Hilary Dunn Schlegel‑UW Research Institute for Aging hadunn@uwaterloo.ca 519 904 0660 ext. 4104

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

In September 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long‑Term Care established three Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation within the host organizations Schlegel‑UW Research Institute for Aging, Bruyère Research Institute and Baycrest Health Sciences. The Ontario CLRIs enhance quality of care in the long‑term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence based service delivery and design, and knowledge mobilization. For more information visit www.clri-ltc.ca.

About Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Conestoga is among Canada’s leaders in polytechnic education, providing a full range of career‑focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success in the new knowledge economy and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario. The college provides more than 200 career-focused programs across a wide range of credentials, including degrees, diplomas and graduate certificates, and is a provincial leader in the provision of apprenticeship training. Conestoga provides education and training to more than 12,000 full‑time students; continuing education courses and programs attract an additional 30,000+ enrolments each year. For more information, visit www.conestogac.on.ca.