STATEMENT ON PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER DAYPublished on May 19, 2021
On May 19, Ontario celebrates Personal Support Worker Day by honouring the diligence, professionalism and heart of these exceptional front-line healthcare workers.
Personal Support Workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic and critical in supporting our health-care system by providing care to the most vulnerable members of our community.
My family and I are especially grateful for the bravery, care and compassion we have witnessed from the Personal Support Workers assigned to the care of our grandparents, throughout the pandemic and beyond.
Personal support workers deserve our utmost gratitude and respect for their commitment to delivering service to those who need it most. That is why our province is working to support Personal Support Workers so they can continue to deliver the exceptional care that Ontarians deserve.
Some of our measures 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 increasing 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 establishing 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 join me in expressing my sincerest thanks to the Personal Support Workers of Ontario.
Member of Provincial Parliament