Personal Support Worker Return of Service (PSW ROS) Initiative

To attract newly graduated Personal Support Workers to work in Long-Term Care homes and Home and Community Care agencies in greatest need across Ontario, this initiative provides a $5,000 incentive to recent PSW graduates in exchange for a six-month commitment to an eligible Long-Term Care or Home and Community Care employer.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for PSW ROS eligibility, an employer must:

  • Be a publicly-funded Long-Term Care home or Home and Community Care agency;
  • Confirm that funding will not replace any existing employee incentives currently offered by the organization; and
  • Offer full-time hours to an eligible PSW to deliver publicly funded personal support services exclusively.

To be eligible for the PSW ROS, a Personal Support Worker must:

How Do I Participate?

The initial deadline to apply to this initiative has passed, however we are currently exploring options to extend the program.

If you are an employer who is interested in participating, please feel free to complete an employer application form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

If you are a PSW or PSW student who is interested in learning more, please sign up here. We will share information as soon as it becomes available.


1. Submit Employer Application Form:

  • Employer submits the PSW ROS Employer Application Form and a complete job posting.
  • Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis considering a number of factors, including health system priorities, geography, and local and regional health workforce capacity.
  • Submission of a completed application by an employer does not guarantee the employer approval or for the receipt of any potential funding from the Ministry of Health or Ontario Health in respect of PSW recruitment.

2. Employer Receives Application Approval:

  • The employer will be notified of the maximum number of PSWs eligible for PSW ROS funding.
  • The employer will receive support in adding the job posting to

3. Personal Support Worker Recruitment:

  • Employer recruits using their standard recruitment process.

4. Submit Request for Funding and Return of Service Agreement:

  • The agreement must be signed by both the employer and the eligible Personal Support Worker.
  • The request for funding is subject to approval by Ontario Health. Employers will be notified by email once approved.
  • If the funding request meets all eligibility criteria, the agreement will be signed and executed by Ontario Health.

Funding will be disbursed through the program to eligible PSWs in two installments: $2,000 two months after beginning their commitment, and $3,000 upon completion of the 6-month commitment.


If you have any questions about this initiative, please send an email to