Seniors’ care a career to bank on, says BC Care Providers

Reported by David Zura, Roundhouse Radio (Vancouver)

Are you in the market for new skills training? Or perhaps you’re a young person getting ready to choose a career path?

None of us are getting any younger and the BC Care Providers Association says they’re going to need more hands on deck.

The organization represents the majority of non-government seniors’ care providers in British Columbia. Today they launched a new campaign in an effort to lure more recruits to the booming industry.

“It is no secret that Canada faces the challenges of an ageing demographic,” says BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine. “What is perhaps less understood is the huge employment demand this is creating in every community in our province. Job growth in seniors’ care in B.C. is even higher than in sectors such as high tech and the film industry. These are also stable, long-term career opportunities with good starting pay and benefits as well as a lower risk of automation.”

Dubbed #BecauseBCCares, the campaign will focus on job growths, security and variety.

According to WorkBC, the continuing care sector is expected to have the highest job growth of any industry in BC from 2020–2025 and most of those jobs will be actual new positions created by economic growth, rather than replacement of current positions.

“We want to kick off that conversation among friends, at dinner tables, and within the seniors care sector itself that we have great career opportunities available in high demand fields that will be here for decades to come,” says Fontaine.

The critical health human resource shortages faced by many employers is the topic of a major day-long conference being held in Surrey on January 26th. The Hon. Adrian Dix will deliver a keynote address to 140 representatives from government, organized labour, health authorities, career colleges, and care providers who will be in attendance.

Get more information about seniors care careers on our #BecauseBCCares campaign page.