To increase the province’s complement of qualified healthcare professionals, it is committing $35 million towards the creation of new nursing spaces at publicly funded colleges and universities.
Queen’s Park says these new spaces will be available for the fall of 2021 and could lead to the introduction of 1,130 new practical nurses and 870 registered nurses into the healthcare system.
This came as good news to Barrie’s Georgian College. “The need for practical and registered nurses in Ontario is great. Georgian College welcomes the Ontario government’s announcement to add 2,000 nurses to the province’s health care system by investing $35 million to increase enrolment and expand support for clinical education in long-term care homes,” said Kevin Weaver, Vice President, Academic, at Georgian College. “As a reputable and experienced provider of quality nursing education, Georgian will work with the government to increase opportunities for nursing students and continue to prepare them for exciting careers in health care in Central Ontario.”
“Ontarians rely on the exceptional quality of care that health care professionals provide in hospitals and long-term care homes,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Colleges and universities are crucial partners in our goal to provide high-quality care for long-term care residents and all Ontarians. Today’s announcement is progress to ensuring that Ontario’s healthcare system has the highly-qualified staff needed to provide world-class care for Ontarians and our loved ones.”
In addition to expanding enrolment to support the increase in nursing supply for all health system sectors, funding will also support the expansion of clinical education placements for nursing students and personal support worker students in the long-term care sector.