Pandemic spurs high demand for PSWs and DSWs


COVID-19 has spotlighted an urgent demand for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Development Services Workers (DSWs), spurring investment into the home and community care by the Ontario government as well as an increase in applications to personal support workers training programs. More than ever, this increased demand is leading to job opportunities for Canadians, especially among newcomers and immigrants for whom caring for others is often a strong component of their community. While the pandemic has created a focus on long-term care homes and seniors’ residences, an often overlooked yet rewarding opportunity for job seekers is working as a PSW, DSW or intervenor with individuals who have diverse abilities, to help them integrate and thrive within their communities.