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Supportive Care Assistant

Supportive Care Assistant

During the next 30 years, the number of Canadians over the age of 85 is expected to triple and the demand for health care workers will increase. This no-cost learning opportunity provides learners with a pathway towards a career in a growing sector and an opportunity to positively impact their community.

Program Overview

The Supportive Care Assistant Program is a new fully subsidized micro-certificate developed to address the labour shortages in the long-term care sector. Through this program, learners have the opportunity to discover a new career, gain work experience, and make a difference in their community. This program is an excellent first step for learners looking to pursue a health related career.

This program is offered at no cost to eligible applicants and is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada as part of Colleges & Institutes Canada (CICan) Building Capacity in Long-term Care project.

College and Institutes Canada

You will learn

  • To assist clients with meals and moving about
  • To support Health Care Aides and the overall health care team
  • Proper cleaning and disinfecting practices
  • To be empathetic and create meaningful connections with clients and their families

Program Format

  • Fully subsidized – eligible applicants pay no tuition fees
  • Online, on your own time – learners have 6 weeks to complete the first 5 online training modules
  • Earn while you learn - After the 6 weeks of online learning, learners begin a 4-month paid work placement within a long-term care facility
  • Learners must be prepared for the online learning environment by having access to a computer with a strong internet connection

Program Modules

Client and Family-Centred Assistance
Supportive Assistance Care
Infection Control & Safety
Work Placement


Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age 
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada (international students cannot register) 
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Minimum grade of 60% in grade 10 English
  • English as a second language speakers, must provide proof of English language skills (IELTS 6.0; CLB 6; CEFR B2)

Career Outcomes

Supportive Care Assistants assist Health Care Aides and the health care team to support clients. This role involves performing non-clinical activities including:

  • 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

How to Apply

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Please download and complete the Supportive Care Assistant application form, and submit it with all required documentation to the Division of Extended Education via email at extended [dot] ed [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.


You have questions, we have answers. Contact us by ce [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) or call 403.356.4900

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