Working to meet B.C.’s seniors care staffing needs
British Columbia’s continuing care sector is in the midst of a health human resources crisis. This page is a resource for workers, employers, and students interested in seniors’ care careers.
Choose a career in seniors care & living: You will provide support to frail and elderly clients, while helping them to maintain a level of independence and improving their quality of life.
- Be a Health Care Hero—British Columbia needs health care heroes like you. Care for frail and elderly seniors that need your help during this challenging time.
- Enjoy A Rewarding Career—Caring for seniors is a fulfilling profession that matters. You can make a difference ever day and build meaningful relationships with your residents and clients.
- Job Opportunities—Find job opportunities in every community in B.C. and beyond. Over the next ten years, British Columbia will need 30,000 new seniors care and living workers like you.
- Flexible Employment Options—Casual, part-time, or full-time work schedules are available with a variety of flexible options. Choose from day, evening, night and week-end shift schedules.
- Choose Your Care Setting—Seniors’ care and living workers are employed in a many work environments in BC, including long-term care homes, assisted living residences, retirement homes, and in home and community support.
- Competitive Pay & Benefits—Earn a living wage, with wages beginning at $21 per hour, with benefits.
- Earn while you learn—Gain valuable experience in non-clinical support roles while studying to achieve your dream career as a care aide, nurse or allied health professional. There are many career paths available in this sector.
Start your new career today. Visit our FAQ section down below to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- WorkBC estimates that 33,100 new workers will be needed in the nursing and residential care sector over the next ten years to 2029.
- The Government of British Columbia has committed to hiring over 7,000 additional healthcare workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including 3,000 additional health care assistants (HCAs) and 2,000 nurses (RNs and LPNs).
- Support services workers provide non-clinical supports to seniors, including companionship, housekeeping, non-medical health and hospitality supports, and promote independence. Common job titles include: health care support worker, dietary aide, housekeeping aide, laundry aides, cook, janitor, and more.
- Workers in assisting occupations may care for seniors by providing provide personal care and assistance with medication, as well as supporting recreation, independence or rehabilitation. Common job titles include: health care assistants (HCAs), home health companions, therapeutic recreation assistants, and rehabilitation assistants.
- Nurses provide leadership to other healthcare workers, develop individualized care plans for seniors, oversee medication delivery, and much more. Common job titles include registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered psychiatric nurse (RPN), and nursing supervisors.
- Allied health providers support seniors with preventative, therapeutic, rehabilitative, mental, nutritional or diagnostic medical health services not otherwise provided by nurses, pharmacists or physicians. Common job titles include: physiotherapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT), social workers, and dietitians/nutritionists,
- Business and administrative professionals oversee non-clinical functions, including duties relating to marketing and advertising, finance, administration, human resources, and much more. Common job titles may include administrative assistant, director of support services, etc.
- Leaders and managers provides leadership and direction to the entire organization, with responsibility for residents, clients, workers, and volunteers. Common job titles include CEO, Executive Director, Director of Care, and Site Manager.
- Long term care homes,
- Assisted living residences,
- Independent living residences,
- Community care centres
- Client’s own homes
- a desire to help others
- compassion and empathy
- critical thinking skills
- patience with others
- good verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- ability to adapt and be flexible
- positive outlook on life
There are a number of resources available to help internationally educated nurses become licensed and find employment in BC. Here are just a few:
- The Choose2Care program can provide financial aid and career navigation supports for those looking to find work as a health care assistant.
- NursingJobs BC provides career navigation supports and financial assistance to internationally educated nurses.
- The Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program is for newcomers living in any British Columbia community with training and skills as a Nurse (RN/LPN/RPN), Physician (General Practitioner or Specialist), Sonographer or Health Care Assistant (HCA). Working one-to-one with knowledgeable career coaches, you will gain valuable resources needed to launch your career in Canada’s health care system.
- To learn about English scores required for nurses, visit the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.
- To learn more about English scores required for health care assistants, visit the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry.
Being able to speak multiple languages is often a benefit when working in healthcare. Speaking an additional language may allow you to speak in your resident/client’s preferred language. If you speak multiple languages, make sure to list them on your resume and to let potential employers know about your language abilities.
- You can view a full list of recognized health care assistant education programs on the Choose2Care website.
- BC Care Providers Associations offers a free health care assistant training program in partnership with accredited post-secondary institutions. You can learn more about program eligibility requirements by visiting our
- The Health Career Access Program is a government-funded employment and education program. New hires in the program start in a health care support worker position and receive paid training that leads to full qualification as a health care assistant.
Health Care Assistant Training
With funding from the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is offering Health Care Assistant (HCA) training in communities across B.C. Training is delivered in partnership with our educational partners Discovery Community College, Stenberg College, and SafeCare BC. BCCPA will cover the entire cost of tuition for participants, as well as provide financial supports for some living expenses (may include travel, childcare, personal protective equipment and/or technology for online learning). Program participants will receive skills training by way of the provincially approved curriculum for HCAs. The HCA program is delivered through a hybrid model, with theory delivered virtually, and the lab skills, clinical placements and practicums delivered in-person. Enhanced health and safety training delivered by SafeCare BC will help program graduates learn the skills that they need to stay safe at work. Training may include infection prevention and control, dementia education, safe resident handling, and violence prevention.
BCCPA Reports & Resources
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