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About the Fund

Enrollment in the PSW Education Fund is currently closed. 

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The PSW Education Fund builds capacity in long-term care (LTC) homes to deliver high-quality and safe care that meets the needs of residents. It provides funding to long-term care homes for their team members to participate in skill-building education.

This year, the Fund will support tuition and backfill for the virtual delivery of the Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) and the LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) programs. Both programs support homes in adopting person-centred models of care, a priority identified in the recent recommendations from the Ontario Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.

ERCC provides team members with practical skills in person-centred care and was co-developed by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). LDJ is an evidence-informed training program that increases understanding of dementia, and shares strategies to support those living with it. It was created by the RIA’s Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program.

The Fund has been in operation since 2017 and has been used to train more than 15,000 personal support workers in 303 long-term care homes across the province.

Options for Training

LTC homes have two options for team member training:

  1. Have team members trained virtually by Conestoga College instructors (for ERCC) and facilitators from the RIA (for LDJ). 
  2. For LDJ training only: Have team members trained in the LTC home by certified trainers from that home.  These trainers/facilitators must be verified as having completed the corresponding facilitator training within the last 2 years.

For additional information, including when courses are offered, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Tuition costs and backfill pay to LTC Homes

Tuition for both ERCC and LDJ is fully-funded by the Fund. No payment of tuition is required by the LTC home or team member. 

Tuition and access fees for each training program is automatically covered by the Fund upon registration for each team member and submission of the Trainer Attendance Tracking form.

LDJ backfill costs 

For both certified in-house LDJ trainers and team members participating in team member training, the Fund will reimburse the LTC home to cover backfill costs ($25 per hour x 8 hours = $200 of backfill per trainer and/or team member).
ERCC backfill costs 

For team members participating in team member training, The Fund will reimburse the LTC home to cover backfill costs ($25 per hour x 7 hours = $175 of backfill per trained team member).

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) strengthen quality of life and care for residents across the province. The Ontario CLRI is mandated by the Ministry of Long-Term Care to be a resource for the sector by providing education and sharing research and innovations to enhance the health and well-being of people who live and work in long-term care.