Can Ontario Fix the Shortage of Personal Support Workers?

Posted on February 28, 2024 in Health Debates

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin
February 27, 2024.   Pat Armstrong, Samir Sinha, Sharleen Stewart

The Ontario government earmarked almost $5 billion in funding over four years to help long-term care homes hire and retain care staff. It’s since added additional millions in incentives to attract thousands to become personal support workers over the next few years. For insight on whether those efforts can overcome the PSW shortages still projected by the province’s fiscal watchdog, we welcome: Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare, a union representing more than 60 thousand frontline health-care workers; Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics, at Sinai Health; and Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of sociology at York University.

Episode: Can New Incentives Help Attract PSWs in Ontario?

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