PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care
Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes can receive tuition and backfill reimbursement for personal support worker (PSW) continuing education.
How does the PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care work?
STEP 1: Apply for Funding Online
Ontario LTC homes assign a staff member as the Lead Contact, who submits an online application to receive tuition and backfill funding for PSW participation in Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) for their home. Applications are reviewed and homes are notified by email of their application status.
Depending on demand, additional waves of acceptances may occur.
STEP 2: Certify PSW Trainers
Approved LTC homes register 1-4 PSW Trainers for the ERCC Trainer Course. The course consists of 16-hours of online learning followed by an 8-hour in-class workshop. The date and location of the workshop is assigned based on geographic proximity and is confirmed when the application is approved.
If your home has PSWs trained as ERCC trainers within the last two years, you do not need to train additional trainers. You have the option to use existing trainers and/or train new trainers.
STEP 3: Educate PSW Team Members
LTC homes organize ERCC Team Member Course(s) within their home, taught by their newly-certified ERCC Trainers. The number of PSWs and Team Members eligible for this education is based on home size and is confirmed when the application is approved. PSWs will be given priority for training. The course consists of 8-hours of in-person education, typically delivered by 1-2 Trainers to 10-24 Team Members.
About the PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care
For the second year, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) to offer Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) training to PSWs in Ontario long-term care homes. ERCC is delivered in partnership with Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.