What is BC Cares?

BC Cares is a program that was designed by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) in 2007 to recruit care aides into the growing seniors care sector. Initially developed as a pilot with the Fraser Health Authority, BC Cares became a province-wide initiative in 2009-2009.

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Student Assistance

One of the goals of the BC Cares initiative is to compile a comprehensive inventory of potential student assistance and wage subsidy options for people interested in a care in seniors' care.

This part of the site will be updated over the next year as our partnership is developed with the provincial government and education partners.

In the meantime, here is a summary of existing initiatives we have identified to date. Note we have included an emphasis on opportunities for new Canadians, Aboriginal community, youth and EI recipients.

Province of British Columbia

Skills Development Program (www.labourmarketservices.gov.bc.ca/ job_seekers/skills_development.html) - This employment program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to help them obtain the skills training they need to re-enter the labour market.

Employment Skills Access Program (www.workbc.ca) - This program is designed to provide access to skills training for unemployed non-EI clients and to prepare them for entry or re-entry into the labour force. Free training programs at public post-secondary institutions for eligible clients. Training program content may range from basic employment to advanced skills training including job readiness training, preparation for employment training, basic employability skills training, pre-employment programming and skills upgrading programs.

Economic Recovery Training Pilot Program - This program provides funding to eligible individuals who require skills training to secure employment Includes financial assistance to help eligible unemployed individuals to pay for the cost of skills training and related expenses while they participate in an approved training program. Financial assistance to support the costs of taking courses of training designed and intended to furnish them with skills for employment. Financial assistance is negotiated based on individual client need and may include:

  • Tuition
  • Other instructional costs
  • Basic living expenses
  • Dependent care costs
  • Other personal supports and transportation

StudentAid BC (www.studentaidbc.ca) - StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the costs of education and has programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans.

ESL for health care professionals

Skills Connect for Immigrants Program (www.aved.gov.bc.ca/skillsconnect/welcome.htm) - The primary goal of Skills Connect for Immigrants is to see new immigrants secure jobs that fully use their pre-arrival skills, knowledge and experience. The program responds to current and long-term skill shortages by assessing and bridging skilled immigrants into the workplace in areas that complement BC's growing economy with a focus on five key sectors of the economy: construction, transportation, energy, and tourism/hospitality and, as of September 2007, the health sector.There are some individual institutions that offer ESL support for health care assistants including:

Youth Training Partnerships

BC Work Futures (www.workfutures.bc.ca) - This site was jointly produced by Service Canada: B.C./Yukon Region and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. The pages of BC Work Futures feature profiles of over 500 occupations in our province, as well as a number of B.C. industries. Worker personal profiles and articles on career planning are also presented. Work Futures provides a comprehensive view of present and future labour market conditions for:

  • learners
  • job seekers
  • people interested in changing careers or re-entering the labour market
  • career practitioners
  • parents
  • researchers

Job Futures (www.jobfutures.ca) - Job Futures is an online career tool by Service Canada to help people plan for their futures. It provides useful information about 265 occupational groups and describes the work experiences of recent graduates from 155 programs of study.

Aboriginal Labour Market Development

Aboriginal Human Resources Development (www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/almp/index.shtml) - If you're wondering where to find a job or how to upgrade your skills, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy may be your answer.

Service Canada (www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/audiences/ aboriginal/ index.shtml) - This service provides a wide range of information specific to the cultural needs of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, including:

Simon Fraser University (www.sfu.ca/cstudies/health/aboriginal/index.htm) - For those thinking of pursuing a health career but don't feel ready to enrol in a university program. The Aboriginal Pre-Health Program at SFU encourages students to explore various health career options while building the necessary academic pre-requisites for a health science program such as nursing, midwifery, or dental hygienist, to name a few. This access/bridging program is intended for students of Aboriginal heritage (First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit) and is currently tuition-free. Students are responsible for the costs of learning materials in the amount of $250 per term.

Access Futures (www.accessfutures.com) - Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) is designed to stimulate and support innovative labour market initiatives in Metro Vancouver. Human resource development is an integral aspect of Aboriginal self-determination and capacity building.

Government of Canada


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