Join Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) webinar for advance information about an upcoming Call for Proposals for a pan-Canadian Assistant Personal Care Provider (APCP) program. Advance registration is required and is limited to 2 participants per institution.
In recent months, Canadians have become keenly aware of the vital role that front-line health care workers play in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere has this been more evident than in long-term care facilities where personal care providers (PCPs) deliver essential support to residents and other health professionals.
As we brace for the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, provincial and territorial governments are putting a number of measures in place to ensure that there will be an adequate supply of qualified health care workers to meet demand. As indicated in the recent Speech from the Throne, the federal government, through the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), has been examining ways to complement those efforts.
The Assistant Personal Care Provider (APCP) program will offer CICan members the opportunity to participate in the following funded activities:
- Designing a flexible, six-week online training program that includes teaching materials and assessment processes, to prepare unemployed Canadians to work as APCPs
- Recruiting, enrolling, and supporting students in the APCP program at colleges and institutes across Canada
- Connecting program participants with employers through a four-month paid practicum in a long-term care facility or similar work environment
- Developing a recognition framework and PLAR tools that will give program graduates the opportunity to upgrade their APCP credential by completing existing PCP programs
- Conducting a research study and consultations for the development of a national occupational standard and core competencies framework for PCPs.