Province makes push to recruit Resident Support Aides to assist in long-term care settings

Queen's Park launches Ontario Workforce Reserve For Seniors Support

The Ontario Government is making moves to strenghten its response to COVID-19 in long-term care settings with a recruitment drive to support the whole sector.

The new program is called the Ontario Workforce Reserve For Seniors Support seeks those who are unemployed or have been displaced from the retail and hospitality industries or even administrative roles and students in education programming. Those who apply may be trained as a Resident Support Aide (RSA), to work at homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. RSAs could assist with daily living activities including meal time assitance or coordinating visits.

“COVID-19 has amplified persistent staffing challenges in the long-term care sector, highlighting the need for immediate action,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “I encourage those who are looking for new opportunities or those who have been displaced during the pandemic to consider working in a long-term care home. This will not only be personally satisfying work, it will help out our frontline staff and greatly improve the quality of life for our seniors.”

Those interested in applying are encouraged to create a profile on the province’s Ontario Matching Portal, where they will be screened, trained, and matched with a long-term care home requiring support.