TORONTO - Ontario is expected to create a registry of personal support workers next year to help meet the health needs of vulnerable groups.

There are an estimated 90,000 personal support workers in the province who provide care to seniors, people with disabilities and those with complex health problems.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says workers will be able to sign up with the registry, which will be up and running no later than the summer of 2012.

The registry will provide contact information, current employment, educational background and years of experience.

She says it will help employers and the public find the right person who meets their needs.

Personal care workers help clients by assisting them with their medication and doing light housework, as well as changing dressings, tube feedings and oxygen therapy.