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The Personal Support Worker (PSW) Registry
Government expects home and community care PSWs in Ontario to apply to the PSW Registry by April 1, 2013:
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is “moving forward” with a mandatory PSW “registration policy” starting with the home care and community services sectors with the “expectation that all PSWs in these sectors will be registered by April 1, 2013”.
Although CUPE and OCHU have asked that the government reconsider the PSW Registry, the government continues to move forward on a registry list where PSWs face all of the negative aspects of professional regulation, yet none of the benefits.
As the PSW Registry rolls out, please contact your Steward and your CUPE National Representative if your employer directs you to apply to the PSW Registry or if you have any questions. CUPE and OCHU want to track how the government is managing this registry and want to help you with this process.