News Ontario asks education workers to volunteer to work in congregate care settings SHARE ON: Wendy Gray, staff Saturday, May. 9th, 2020 (photo supplied by Pixabay) The province is asking educational workers to volunteer to work at congregate care settings suffering from staff shortages. The Ontario government has approved an emergency order that would allow school board employees to voluntarily work at hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and women’s shelters. The province says the need is highest for janitorial and maintenance workers. “Our priority continues to be protecting our most vulnerable citizens and the dedicated staff that care for them during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Premier Ford. “Many of our long-term care homes and shelters are short of staff, so I am encouraging any available educational workers to help out if you can because you can make a real difference in the lives of those most in need.” Volunteers would continue to receive their pay and benefits from their school boards and would be trained and given personal protective equipment in order to work in a congregate setting.