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Ontario launches online portal for health-care workers in COVID-19 fight

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 3:08 PM | By John Chunn

The government of Ontario on April 7 launched an online tool that will match skilled health-care workers with employers in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The government’s press release says the new Health Workforce Matching Portal will enable health-care providers with a range of experience to join the province’s response to COVID-19. Those providers include retired or non-active health-care professionals, internationally educated health-care professionals, students and volunteers with health-care experience. The portal will match the availability and skillsets of front-line health-care workers to the employers in need of assistance to perform a variety of public health functions, such as case and contact management.

“Our health-care heroes on the front lines of this battle are doing extraordinary work, but they need reinforcements to step up and lend a hand to help defeat this virus,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Whether you're retired or in training, we can’t afford to have people with professional health-care skills who want to help sitting on the sidelines during this crisis. This is a call to action and I encourage every available person with health-care experience to get involved.”

Employers and interested health-care professionals can visit the portal here and create a profile. Once registered, professionals can add their availability and employers can enter their request for support. Registrants will receive an e-mail notification if matched.

“Since the beginning of this outbreak, we have heard from thousands of volunteers who want to help in any way they can,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of Health. “We are very grateful for those stepping up during these unprecedented times. That’s why we are using everything possible to support these frontline health-care workers as they fight the spread of this virus.”

On April 1, Ontario issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, to enhance the public health units’ human resources capacity and support their ongoing fight against COVID-19.