Canada is facing an aging population problem. According to the government of Canada (2014), “In 2014, over 6 million Canadians were aged 65 or older, representing 15.6 percent of Canada’s population. By 2030—in less than two decades—seniors will number over 9.5 million and makeup 23 percent of Canadians”. As a result, the demand for health care workers is increasing, and the Health Career Access program will provide a path for workers with no medical experience to be employed.
Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is facing a shortage of staff in long-term care and assisted living services. As a result, the BC government established the BC Health Career Access Program, where applicants with no prior health care experience and receive free training on the job. Previously, all health care applicants must have prior healthcare-related education and experience to be considered for the job.
The BC Health Career Access Program is an excellent opportunity for people to enter the health care sector. The healthcare sector offers stable employment, salaries in the above $20 range, as well as many benefits, such as pension plans, medical, dental and extended health care coverage.
Under the BC Health Career Access Program, applicants will start as health care support workers at a care facility and receive post-secondary training free of charge as well as paid training that will later transition to qualified health care assistants.
Apply for BC Health Career Access Program
There are 3 stages to join the BC Health Career Access Program. First, you need to submit your expression of interest here
You will need to provide the following:
- First and last name
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Postal code
- Preferred health region (where you want to work
Employers will reach out to you after the submission of your interest in the program. If you are qualified you will receive a letter of employment. Once you accept the offer, you can begin your training.
Second, you will need to complete a paid provincially standardized training and onboarding program provided by your employer.
Finally, after you completed the basic training, you can start your structured HCA program at a certified institution such as Create Career College to become a health care assistant. During the process you are still working as a healthcare support worker, earning $785/week (BCgov, 2020). The entire training program is free of charge for applicants. However, it requires all applicants to successfully complete the HCA program to continue to work in the healthcare industry.
To learn more about the healthcare industry click here.