Internationally trained nurses and doctors can work as Personal Support Workers without additional training
Nurses and doctors who are new to Canada can work as Personal Support Workers without a PSW certificate. If you are looking for meaningful work in the Canadian healthcare sector long-term or while you pursue your license, your skills and experience are welcome at Circle of Care.
What requirements do I need to work as Personal Support Worker at Circle of Care?
- You must be legally eligible to work in Canada (you must be either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have a current and valid work permit)
- Paperwork that shows your completed nursing/doctor education in another country
- Current Immunization Records
- Current First Aid/CPR Certificate
- You must be able to speak and write in English
- We have a special need for Russian-speakers, but welcome all candidates who speak another language
“I didn’t realise I could work as a Personal Support Worker without completing a certificate. This role will help me learn more about client care while I’m earning my Canadian nursing credentials.”
– Recent applicant, internationally trained nurse
What does a Personal Support Worker do?
At Circle of Care, our Personal Support Workers care for seniors living in their homes by assisting with personal care (i.e. grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting), meal preparation, light housekeeping, and socialization and emotional support.
As someone who has worked in healthcare before, you should understand that your clients are dealing with illness or frailty, and simple tasks can be challenging for them. We are looking for foreign-trained nurses and doctors who want to help make their clients’ daily routine more manageable. You should be comfortable travelling to and from client’s homes throughout the day, in a community that is near you.
We provide a supportive environment for all our PSWs. Whether you wish to work as a PSW throughout your career, or whether you are working towards gaining your Ontario credentials in nursing or medicine, Circle of Care is here to support you and provide you with Canadian experience. We know that you will start to take pride and fulfillment from the excellent care you provide to clients and the professional relationships you build with them and their caregivers. At Circle of Care, you will work on a multi-disciplinary team and receive support from a Service Coordinator and Client Services Supervisor (RN/RPN).
“I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue providing care here in Canada. Working as a PSW, I am helping people who need support and that’s what I’m passionate about.”
– Recent applicant, internationally trained nurse
How are we different?
Support During the Pandemic
COVID-19 has changed the way we work in homecare and we are here to support you as an essential worker. We provide digital interviewing and onboarding to reduce contact and keep our candidates and staff safe. We provide mental health support and PPE training, and as a government-funded organization, our PSWs also receive a temporary $3/hr wage increase from the government.
Sense of Community
Our Personal Support Workers have the opportunity to connect virtually with each other during online events and experiences over the course of their careers with Circle of Care. Examples include a zoom Orientation, the New Hire Support Forum, our Annual PSW Learning Event, and team meetings. The professional relationships that our PSWs develop are meaningful and long-standing which provide support and connection while working in the community. We distribute a weekly digital newsletter to our Personal Support Workers to communicate important organizational information, share recognition and ensure our team feels informed.
Competitive Wage & Benefits
Circle of Care provides a competitive hourly wage and benefits for our Personal Support Workers. New staff are eligible for an increase in wages with years’ experience with us.
All weekend hours worked earn an additional $0.50 premium per hour. Having extensive weekend availability increases the likelihood we can assign you to regular clients. This allows us to provide you a regular and reliable schedule!
Temporary Wage Increase from the Ministry of Health
As a government-funded organization, our PSWs receive a $3/hr temporary wage increase from the Ministry of Health for all hours worked after Oct 1, 2020.
Comprehensive Health & Dental Benefits
Full-time PSWs and Homemakers are eligible to enroll in a comprehensive health and dental benefits program that includes family coverage. Enrolment and eligibility are based on meeting full time status requirements as per the collective agreement.
- Up to 65% TTC Pass reimbursement
- Employee discount programs
- Agency mobile device for scheduling and communication
Circle of Care’s Champions of Care employee recognition program celebrates the outstanding efforts of our employees who go above and beyond their roles to provide exceptional care and support to our clients and their families. Nominees are celebrated on our rewards-based digital platform called Applause, and award winners are chosen each year in June. In addition, we also celebrate our Spotlight Awards each December, which include two PSW/Homemaker awards.
In-Person & Online Learning Opportunities
Our Personal Support Workers have the opportunity to take part in online and in-person learning opportunities during their Circle of Care career. Learning starts Day One when our newly hired PSWs take part in Orientation. Once they are out in the community and working with clients, they will continue to have learning opportunities to master their personal support skills and feel confident caring for clients in a variety of situations. Topics that we provide training about include caring for clients with dementia, caring for clients at the end of their life (palliative care), and workplace safety.
Celebrating our PSWs through Recognition and Education
Are you interested in working with us?
Circle of Care is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees, volunteers and clients feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live and serve, and creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach her/his potential. Circle of Care is a scent-free environment. All employees, volunteers and visitors are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting our office or working in the client’s home. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation, please inform us in advance. We thank you for your interest in Circle of Care. Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.