Job prospects Personal Support Worker - Home Support in Ontario

Job opportunities for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a personal support worker - home support.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Ontario

personal support worker - home support
Outlook over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The majority of these workers are employed in the health care and social assistance sector, including individual and family services, home health care, and nursing and residential care facilities. The private households sector is another key employer.

The personal and health care needs of an aging population will be a strong driver of employment for home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations. The increase in life expectancy will improve employment opportunities for this occupation as the number of patients and clients requiring their services will grow.

Demand for this occupation is also heavily dependent on provincial funding for health care and social assistance services. Ontario is targeting funding for home and community-based care, a move that should improve job prospects.

Through the Direct Funding Program, eligible clients with a physical disability are able to hire their own attendants, and this opens employment options for these workers.

Live-in caregivers are included in this occupational group and a significant number of temporary foreign workers boost the local labour supply.

Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations normally require completion of high school, and specific courses and/or on –the-job training. Several job openings should arise from high turnover due to the physical and other demands of the job, and as workers seek advancement or other careers.

Individuals who are willing to work part time and on various shifts will have improved job prospects. The government of Ontario has established a voluntary Personal Support Worker (PSW) Registry. Registering demonstrates recognition and proof of a PSW's credential, which could thereby improve their employment opportunities.

Here are some key facts about Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 26,850 people work in this occupation.
  • Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 32%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 29%
    • Private households (NAICS 814): 18%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 60% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 40% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 58% of home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations work all year, while 42% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 9% of home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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