Ontario Increases Enrollment in Nursing Education Programs at Lambton College

The Ontario government is providing up to $591,942 to help increase enrollment in nursing education programs at Lambton College.
The Ontario government is providing up to $591,942 to help increase enrollment in nursing education programs at Lambton College.

SARNIA, July 21, 2021 – The Ontario government is providing up to $591,942 to help increase enrollment in nursing education programs at Lambton College. Funding will support the education of an additional 60 new students in the practical nursing program and an additional 5 new students in the nursing baccalaureate program.

“Our nurses and health care professionals are the backbone of our communities and our local health care system,” said Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia—Lambton. “By investing in Ontario’s nursing workforce, our government is ensuring our family, friends and loved ones continue to get the high-quality care they expect from our health care system.”

The funding is part of the government’s $35 million investment to help increase enrollment in nursing education programs at publicly assisted colleges and universities across the province. The new spaces will be available for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 cohorts and will support the addition of approximately 1,131 practical nurses and 873 registered nurses to the health care system.

“Ontarians rely on the exceptional quality of care that health care professionals provide across the health care system,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Colleges and universities are crucial partners in our goal to provide high-quality care for Ontarians across the province in all our communities. Increasing enrollment in nursing education programs is progress in ensuring that Ontario’s health care system has the highly-qualified staff needed to provide world-class care for Ontarians and our loved ones.”  

COVID-19 has exacerbated the gap between the current supply of nurses and Ontario’s future needs across the health care system. The new nursing education funding will help meet the rising demand for frontline health care workers, especially in sectors where health care workers care for Ontario’s most vulnerable patients such as long-term care, home and community care and acute care.

“Our frontline healthcare workers have been fundamental in our battle against COVID-19. This announcement will ensure more graduates enter the profession with the qualifications and the expertise to improve healthcare delivery across the province. This is outstanding news for Lambton College students and our community," said Rob Kardas, President & CEO, Lambton College.

QUICK FACTS

  • In Sarnia, learn about nursing education opportunities at Lambton College.
  • Investing in nursing education supports the government's Long-Term Care Staffing Plan that was launched last year. At the centre of this plan, the hours of direct care for residents in long-term care will be increasing to an average of four hours per day over four years. To implement this initiative, the government will be making overall investments of $1.9 billion annually by 2024-2025.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Ontario is investing $35 million to increase enrollment in nursing education programs in publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province.

Learn more about training support for personal support workers through private career colleges and district school boards, and the province’s Accelerated Personal Support Workers Program being offered by all 24 public colleges.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca


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