Addressing the PSW shortage through excellent training

In April 2018, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) released a report capturing how we will address the shortage of Personal Support Workers in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

The WWLHIN Report

The 2018 report states that “The WWLHIN is working hard to address the shortage for Waterloo Wellington. The obstacles surrounding the issue are complex and will take time to resolve, however, strategies are under development to rectify the issue for both the short and long term.” And St. Louis Personal Support Worker Program Manager, Tammy Cantin has heard first-hand from numerous care partners who have responded to this report with action. Some organizations have created incentive options for prospective PSW students and graduates, which could include the offer of subsidized training, cost of living, child care and partnering with PSW educational providers.

By partnering with St. Louis’ PSW program,  many long-term care and community care partnerships have emerged or been strengthened by our own school’s commitment to addressing the critical shortage of PSW’s in the Region and across the province. St. Louis is committed to training the best PSW’s possible, so that their training will take them to being sustainable members of the health care workforce.

St. Louis Certifying PSW’s

St. Louis breaks down the barriers to becoming a certified PSW by:

  • Delivering Quality education and hands-on training – meeting standards by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Blending secondary school credit curriculum with PSW certification expectations and real work experience.
  • Supporting job-readiness – intensive lab instruction and significant community and long-term care placements builds a more confident PSW and sustainable employee. Employers hire 98% of St. Louis PSW’s within the first month of course completion.
  • Making the PSW program affordable – tuition is paid for by the Ministry of Education. Additional certificates, learning materials and uniform costs $1300 for the program.  Other costs include appropriate footwear and First Aid / CPR (required before beginning the program).  Community supports, financial assistance and child care services are available onsite at Kitchener Campus.
  • St. Louis PSW Program is available in Kitchener and Cambridge, full-time, part-time, days and evenings with both September and February start dates. Visit webpage for details: PSW Certificate

Start this September!

All classes in Kitchener are FULL for September and we are accepting applicants for February, 2020.

Some space available at our Cambridge location in partnership with peopleCare, Hilltop Manor.

Cambridge PSW class – starts September 25

Part-time, Tues, Wed and Thurs, 8:30am-3:30pm

Last chance to register:

Monday, September 16


150 Main Street, Cambridge

Region of Waterloo Building

Rm 172

(next to main reception area)

Back to School – Around the Corner!

Are you over 18 and ready to go back to school?

If you are looking for:

  • Credit courses to finish high school or get ready for college and university.
  • Credit preparation.  Have you been out of school for a while?
  • Skills training toward employment. Are you a better hands-on learner or ready for a career change?
  • Classes to improve English for newcomers, refugees or citizens. For a better life in Canada, better English language skills are needed.
  • Support for your children’s learning.

St. Louis has opportunities for you!

Registration begins Aug 27!

Visit our website to find the program you are looking for.

Then come in to register at several locations through Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge


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