New program to create significant increase in PSW training at Ontario’s colleges

Oshawa, ON – As announced today by the provincial government, a new accelerated training program for personal support workers (PSWs) will increase in the PSW training at Ontario’s colleges.

“The new investment will allow DC to increase enrolment for personal support worker training in our community,” said Don Lovisa, president, Durham College (DC). “It’s an new opportunity for anyone interested in a career in this field, and Durham College is pleased to collaborate with the province to offer this accelerated program.”

As outlined by the Ontario government, the accelerated program will cover students’ tuition and other expenses and allows participants to graduate with full credentials within six months; the standard PSW program at DC takes two semesters to complete.

With more study hours per week, the accelerated program will use a hybrid model that combines online learning with in-person practical experience, consisting of taking courses virtually and participating in laboratory classes and in care settings.

Students will also be able to volunteer at long-term care homes and other settings early in the program, and can participate in paid work placements after three months.

Applications will be accepted in early March, and the first day of classes for the initial intake will be on Monday, April 5.

Anyone interested in learning more, or applying to DC’s accelerated PSW program, can contact Student Recruitment at


For more information:
Meghan Ney
Durham College
C: 416-648-5453