Get a FREE PSW Diploma through the challenge fund!

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The Challenge fund  

The Personal Support Worker Challenge Fund is an Ontario government initiative. It provides a bursary ( not a loan!) to help students earn a ministry-approved diploma for a PSW career. The program also assures work placement in the long-term care industry and provides experience in a long-term care context. Only OSAP-eligible students are eligible for the Personal support worker Challenge fund. You do not have to pay back the grant/bursary you receive from the challenge fund. It’s a grant, not a loan. Students must begin their PSW training at a participating career college between May 1 and July 31, 2021, to be eligible for financial assistance. You can learn more about this announcement

Please note: The PSW Challenge Fund is not available to international students. 

Receiving Free training  

The Ontario government recently announced a substantial $86 million investment to train up to 8,000 personal support workers (PSWs). Given the current pandemic situation as well as our aging population, the Ontario government needs healthcare workers and PSWs. To encourage motivated students to pursue this rewarding and socially important career, the government is providing a subsidy to assist students and cover their tuition and internship fees that are associated with the PSW program.  

The Personal Support Worker Challenge Fund will cover tuition, textbooks, and supplies, and students’ internship costs during their work placements. This includes paid placements. In return for free tuition, students will be required to complete several hours of job shadowing during their study period to gain experience for their placements. It’s a win-win!! 

Qualifications of a PSW 

Have you been considering a PSW career but were deterred by the costs? Well, now is your chance. Wondering what it takes to be a PSW, here are some key traits and expectations: 

Patience is one of PSW’s greatest assets. Throughout the day, you’ll need to draw on your patience skills to cope with individuals who aren’t always cognitively aware. A job of a PSW consists of effective communication, and It might be as simple as having a conversation. 

What does it mean to be a Personal support worker? Some duties consist of helping clients with:  

  • Travelling & mobility, basic hygiene, and sanitation  
  • Reminders to take medications and suggested exercises   
  • social engagements 
  • nutrition and food preparation 

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to have your PSW training fully covered by the Ontario government. The staff and management at the Academy Of Learning Brampton West are excited to be a part of this great initiative. We would love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have to help you enroll and get started on your PSW journey. We have frequent new batches start dates. 

For more information on how you can earn a PSW diploma free of cost you can : 

Call us at 365-788-4080 or visit us at and click on Request Info to be contacted. Contact us to reserve your seat for July 2021 

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Program Overview

The personal support worker program provides an opportunity for students to develop basic nursing and social service skills necessary for long term employment in homes, facilities, congregate housing settings, and various programs in social institutions.  The pandemic has exhausted the province’s healthcare resources, the need for personal support workers on the front line today is paramount.

Personal support workers are an urgent need today. Ontario government will provide $86 million in grants and tuition to train 8,000 Personal support workers (PSW). Upon enrollment, students can get up to $13, 235 in grants, tuition fees, and internships. This is the perfect time to take advantage of this opportunity and take a step towards a better financial future. The government is also investing $239 million to increase temporary wage enhancements for Personal support workers which allows them to be equipped with the best experience. This results in paid placements, and exemption of other mandatory fees. See announcement here:

Personal Support Workers are very valuable in the circumstances of our society today, students are encouraged to pursue the Personal support worker program while they have the chance because the government is giving the course to you for free, at the Academy of Learning we want everyone to take full advantage of this opportunity because we aim for the wellbeing of our students. Personal support workers are crucial for the engagement in patient advocacy and delivering care to residents that are vulnerable, they play an important part in society and are considered the backbone of long term care facilities. Personal support workers care for our loved ones, they deserve to receive modernized knowledge  .

Academy of learning

The Personal support worker program is being offered at the Academy of learning Brampton- West, where the staff strives to give an education that makes a pathway to a brighter future. The duration of this program is 28 weeks, successful completion of the certificate will allow one to explore different careers in the social healthcare working environment province wide. The Academy of Learning Brampton West offers paid clinical placements for Personal support workers upon completion of their diploma, along with a guaranteed place of employment. The staff here values their customers. Unlike other colleges, staff guides and takes care of the paperwork with government funding, enrollment and is always there to guide you through your academic journey for a refreshing experience. New programs and courses are continuously being developed by our campus, to ensure that students receive the best education and skills through their mentors.

The Personal support program is offered remotely for our students, we provide textbooks and all the necessary equipment to succeed in the programs. Many courses, like PSW at the Academy of Learning, are very flexible, to accommodate your schedule and needs. Our campus has experienced mentors that hold your hand and help you flourish in the program. For more information contact us or visit:



7700 Hurontario Street, Unit # 306, Brampton, ON Canada. Phone : 365-788-4080 Email :

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