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. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a personal support worker - home support.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

personal support worker - home support
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 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 a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Health care and social assistance providers of individual and family services, home health care, and nursing and residential care
  • Private households

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Greater demand on the health care system because of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased need for personal support workers.
  • The growing and aging population will increase demand for workers to provide services to seniors, persons with disabilities, or convalescent clients in a home setting.
  • Investments to increase care and capacity at long-term care homes.
  • Initiatives to support home and community-based care, including respite services.
  • Employee turnover may be a source of job openings.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Courses related to the care of elderly, persons with disabilities, convalescent care, or home management and support, may be required along with on-the-job training.
  • First aid certification is usually required.
  • Completion of a Personal Support Worker or Developmental Services Worker program may be required.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Ability to work part-time and various shifts is an asset.
  • Public sector investments are being made to support training and development for personal support workers.
  • Foreign caregivers that provide care for elderly persons or those with high medical needs are included in this occupational group.

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

  • Approximately 24,850 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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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    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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