Back Up Recruiting Page – Health Care Assistant (HCA) Training Program

Program Overview

Thanks to funding by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is training 10 new Health Care Assistants (HCA) in Duncan & Nanaimo. Students enrolled in the program will receive skills training by way of the provincially approved curriculum for health care assistants, delivered in partnership with Discovery Community College (DCC).

In partnership with the Community Workforce Response Grant (CWRG), BCCPA will cover the entire cost of tuition for participants, as well as provide additional training supports.

BCCPA has gained strong support for this initiative from several employers in the region. All participating employers have part-time or full-time positions available in their organizations. Following the completion of the skills training program, BCCPA will facilitate job connections between participating employers and program graduates.

CWRG Eligibility Criteria

Participants must:

  • currently reside in B.C.;
  • be 16 years of age or older;
  • be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Protected Persons entitled to work in Canada;
  • be in possession of a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • be unemployed, or employed part-time*, seasonally, casually, or precariously**;
  • have not participated in any other CWRG funded training projects in the last 12 months or be currently enrolled in any other federally or provincially funded training programs at the start of the project;

*Part-time is defined as those employed 30 hours or less per week.
**Precariously is defined as those who are employed but at risk of losing a job and in need of training for a new job.


College Admissions Prerequisites

The above are the minimum grant eligibility requirements potential participants must meet before moving forward with the application process.

Additional admission requirements are set by Stenberg College in line with their standard admission prerequisites, including:

  • Grade 12 graduation or mature student status (19+)
  • Meet English language competency requirements:
    • Proof of completion of Grade 10 English or higher for native speakers
    • Proof of standardized English language assessment test for non-native speakers

Key Dates

Pre-screening/interviews: Actively accepting applications.

Skills training dates: July 29, 2024 – April 17, 2025

How to Apply

If you meet the minimum CWRG Eligibility Criteria & College Admissions Prerequisites, please click here to apply through BCCPA’s training intake request form.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries or assistance, please contact BCCPA’s Programs department:

Email: programs[at]
Phone: 604-736-4233 ext. 246


BCCPA has obtained grant funding from the Community Workforce Response Grant (CWRG) to train HCAs in Nanaimo and Duncan, B.C., via Discovery Community College's HCA Diploma program.

The funding allows BCCPA to fully fund the Diploma tuition cost for participants, as well as provide an up to $3,500 in additional financial supports during training.

Students enrolled in the program will receive part-time skills training by way of the provincially approved curriculum for health care assistants. Participants will also benefit from enhanced occupational health and safety training.
The HCA Diploma Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line caregivers and respected members of the health care team. Under the direction and supervision of a health professional, graduates provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of clients. Those who choose careers as HCAs are looking to help other people and make a difference.

Learn more about becoming an HCA at or visit the FAQ section on our Health Human Resources information page here.
The practical component of the program will be conducted at participating care homes that remain outbreak free.

Students are expected at all times to comply with Provincial Health Orders related to COVID-19, and to follow all infection prevention and control procedures while in care settings.
Due to current orders mandated by B.C. health officials, all students entering the HCA Training Program will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except where a permitted medical reason exists*. As clinical will take place in long-term care and assisted living settings, this mandate protects staff, families, and vulnerable residents in care.

*Medical exemptions are determined by B.C. Health Officials and BCCPA cannot guarantee any exemptions will be made.

Last updated: June 17, 2024
The training program will be delivered through varying schedules throughout the program components. The theory component will take place in-person with synchronous Monday-Wednesday daily sessions. On-site lab and practice education components will be completed in the community with varying schedules. In total, the entire program consists of 780 hours of training.

Participants are expected to have a flexible schedule to accommodate the variable scheduling requirements throughout the theory, lab and practice education program components.
Through the onset and completion of the program and finding employment in the field, grant recipients will share their participant success story to highlight how the program has benefitted them. Further, students will be expected to complete a final student outcomes evaluation survey and provide any follow up outcomes information post-program completion.
As a CWRG recipient, the full cost of the HCA Diploma Program tuition is covered through the grant funds. Additionally, participants are eligible to receive up to $3,500 in additional participant financial supports to help eliminate barriers to their successful program completion, such as childcare, transportation and other eligible training supports.
Upon completion of the HCA Training Program, graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of practice settings, including home support, assisted living, long-term care, special care units, other home and community care settings, and acute care. As our population ages, demand for senior care services continues to increase, meaning that HCAs are one of the fastest-growing occupations in all regions of British Columbia, as well as across Canada, with high job prospects. The B.C. Ministry of Health has identified that HCAs are a priority health occupation and has set a target to recruit an additional 3,000 HCAs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Program Overview

BCCPA regularly applies for grant funding to facilitate career pathways for those looking to work in B.C.’s diverse health care sector through our Health Care Assistant (HCA) Training Program.

How to Apply

To express your interest and receive alerts about future opportunities, please click here to complete our Training Intake Request form.

We will contact you if an active funding opportunity becomes available in your community.

General Enquiries

For general enquiries, please contact BCCPA Programs department:

Phone: 604-736-4233 ext. 246

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