Up to 4,000 personal support worker students enrolled in private professional colleges in Ontario will get tuition assistance.

The initiative began last year, and according to the government, it has assisted 3,000 personal support workers in receiving training and graduating.

The government is contributing $54.7 million to the programme this year.

New students enrolled in a personal support worker programme at a participating Ontario Student Assistance Program-approved private career college between June 1 and September 30 may be eligible for up to $13,690 in tuition, books, and fees.

The government claims that this will help them reach a pledge to provide long-term care residents with an average of four hours of direct care every day. Personal support worker job ads have increased more than four times since 2017 in Ontario, according to the province data.

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