Halton is pleased to announce the continued success of a program that is providing jobs to Ontario Works (OW) participants and preparing Halton to meet the needs of a growing seniors population. The highly effective Personal Support Worker (PSW) program, which trains OW participants for careers in the long-term care and home care fields, graduated 23 new PSW's at a ceremony on Friday, January 11 at the Halton Region.
“Graduates of the PSW program will help ensure that Halton is ready to meet the needs of its growing seniors population,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The program is also helping Ontario Works participants gain their financial independence and contribute to the success of Halton’s economy – it’s a win-win situation.”
The PSW program has cost $237,965 with a total savings to date of $1,175,852 based on reductions to social assistance costs. Since OW costs are shared at an 80/20 ratio between the Province and the Region, Halton’s share of the savings has been $235,170. Investments in this worthwhile program pay off in participant outcomes and will continue to result in ongoing reductions to social assistance costs. For more information, please contact Susan Lazzer at 1-866-442-5866 or visit www.halton.ca.