TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $34 million over four years to increase enrolment in nursing and personal support worker (PSW) programs at six Indigenous Institutes. Funding will support Indigenous Institutes to provide culturally responsive education and training pathways for learners to prepare for careers as registered nurses, registered practical nurses or PSWs.
“By expanding enrolment in PSW and nursing programs at Indigenous Institutes, our government is ensuring learners continue to have access to culturally relevant, high-calibre education, training and supports,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Providing additional pathways to health care education close to home will also result in more nurses and PSWs who are training, working and staying in their communities.”
This investment will help participating Indigenous Institutes expand existing programs or create new ones to support the training of approximately 340 practical nurses, 60 registered nurses and 400 PSWs over four years.
Funding will directly support:
- Development of new programs or expansion of existing programs to support enrolment increase for nursing and PSW students.
- Student subsidies for those enrolled in nursing or PSW programs at their Indigenous Institute, which may include tuition, textbooks, childcare and costs related to clinical education. This includes a one-time subsidy for students who previously enrolled but are still in the program as of January 1, 2022.
- Enhancement of Indigenous knowledge and language in students learning.