Lambton College Receives Scholarship Funding to Help Tackle Local PSW Shortage


August 6, 2019

SARNIA, August 6, 2019 – Lambton College has joined the ranks of regional organizations who have come together to address the persistent shortages of personal support workers (PSWs) across southwestern Ontario communities. In response to the problem, the South West LHIN is funding 200 bursaries valued at $1M to be shared between Lambton and three other colleges. The bursaries will help cover student costs related to the achievement of the Personal Support Worker certificate.

Additionally, three organizations (Victoria Order of Nurses, CarePartners, and OneCare) have also committed to hiring 165 PSW students as well as pay for their in-school training and work term placements across the region (Grey Bruce, Huron Perth, London-Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin).

“Many changes are coming in our healthcare system but one thing is certain: high quality professionals are required in support services to make sure we deliver as much care in homes and the community as possible,” said Renato Discenza, CEO of the South West LHIN. “This program is an investment in community care and is very important to the goal of patient-centred care. It upgrades community skills and enhances patients’ lives.”

The South West LHIN’s Home Care program alone provides approximately 30,000 PSW visits to over 6,000 patients in seven counties every single week. It is essential that local communities have enough PSWs to meet the significant demand.

“The ongoing collaboration between the community partners coupled with the financial supports provided by the LHIN will go a long way to assist students wanting to enter the health care field,” said Beth Byrnes, Regional Director, South West, CarePartners. “Outside the box thinking is what it will take to tackle the significant shortage of Personal Support Workers in our Communities. CarePartners is fully invested in this initiative as we see it as a pathway to increase the complement of Personal Support Workers needed in community to care for the patients we service.”

“This is great news for our College, and the Sarnia-Lambton community,” says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “We recognize there is a shortage of PSWs in our region, and we hope these professional and financial supports will encourage more students to pursue this career pathway.”

The partners hope to raise awareness of PSW shortages and create goodwill and additional touch points among the many healthcare partners affected by this issue. PSW shortages will not go away overnight, so all system partners must work together to ensure patient needs are met – requiring intensive and thoughtful care coordination – in the face of tremendous volume.

For its share, Lambton will be awarding 20 scholarships valued at $5,000 each, to be distributed equally between the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Fall 2020 program intakes.

Lambton College’s PSW program is a one-year certificate program that trains students to provide care and assistance to clients of any age who have defined health care needs including help with their activities of daily living. Limited spots in this program are still available for September 2019. For more information, go to lambtoncollege.ca/pswp.

Interested students can attend an upcoming Return to Learn information session on Wednesday, August 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where they’ll have an opportunity to speak to faculty and learn more about the PSW program and how to apply for the $5000 scholarship.

Can’t attend? Book a one-on-one program consultation with a Lambton College Enrolment Advisor or a personalized campus tour by calling 519-541-2403 or emailing info@lambtoncollege.ca.


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Jami Kloet
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Lambton College
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Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca