Supportive Care Assistant Program

Receive up to a $5,000 wage subsidy to help train new workers, provide support to staff, and improve quality of care.

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Colleges and institutes from across the country are offering a free micro-certificate designed to attract and rapidly train new workers for the long-term care sector. Become an employer partner and get much needed support for your clients and staff!

NEW! Graduates of the program can now receive a $5,000 stipend to take the next step and become a personal care provider (also called personal support worker, health care aide, and other titles).

The Supportive Care Assistant Program is part of a national initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the labour shortages in the long-term care sector. It is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program and is part of CICan’s Building Capacity in Long-term Care project.

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Role of a Supportive Care Assistant

The new Supportive Care Assistant (SCA) Program is a fully subsidized micro-certificate that allows students to discover a new career and provide much needed support to those living and working in long-term care.

Students complete six-weeks of online training including learning modules such as professionalism, client and family-centred assistance, communication, supportive assistance, and infection control &and safety.

Once the required training modules are completed, students begin their work placement in a long-term, home care, or community care or home care setting. They assist certified personal care providers* and the health-care team to support your clients. The role involves performing non-clinical activities which could include:

  • Assisting with meals
  • Assisting with cleaning and disinfecting
  • Stocking materials required by clients and health-care staff
  • Making clients’ beds, cleaning their rooms and other areas
  • Providing companionship, comfort, and support
  • Assisting with moving about and accompanying clients as they move about
  • Participating in activities with clients

For a list of colleges and institutes currently delivering the program, visit our page for prospective students, and scroll down to “Apply Now!”.

*personal care providers are also called personal support workers, health care aides, and other titles depending on the province or territory.

Role of an Employer Partner

You will receive up to a $5,000 wage subsidy per student. Students will assist your staff in the day-to-day activities of your facility, allowing your health-care team to focus on providing care. These students will have the opportunity to learn more about working in the sector and will become a new pool of candidates for filling future staffing needs.

As an employer partner, you will provide students with 280 to 560 hours of paid employment. The length of the placement will be determined by your partner delivery institution. Your responsibilities include:

  • Providing regular supervision, mentoring, and constructive feedback
  • Providing appropriate learning experiences that allow the student to meet the expected competencies
  • Providing any additional training needed to complete the paid work placement
  • Treating students as staff, providing workers’ compensation coverage etc.
  • Insurance requirements and additional requirements as identified in the agreement

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible as an employer partner and to receive the wage subsidy, you must meet identified eligibility criteria that include:

  • Licensure requirements
  • Insurance requirements
  • Willingness to host the student(s)
  • A signed agreement with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
  • A signed affiliation agreement with the delivery institution
  • Approval by the delivery institution

The full requirements and responsibilities are available to download in a PDF document.

Enrol as an Employer Partner!

If you would like to become an employer partner for the Supportive Care Assistant Program, please email

For questions, please visit the FAQ page , email or call 613-746-7093.