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Supportive Care Assistant Program

Program Start: 13 September 2021 - In Session
Location: Muskoday First Nation
Credit Granting Institution: CICAN/Cumberland College
Length: 12 Weeks


Supportive Care Assistant Program 



This project is being offered in partnership with the Muskoday First Nation and Cumberland College.  This project is only accessible to all Muskoday First Nation members and other local First Nation communities if seats are available.


Program: Supportive Care Assistant Program
Program Type: Micro-certificate
Length: Twelve-weeks online training, four-month paid internship
Delivery Type: Online cohorts with instructional support
Start Date: September 13, 2021  - Note: There are a limited number of positions available nationally. Register early to ensure your place.
Cost: Fully subsidized tuition


The Supportive Care Assistant Program is a new fully subsidized micro-certificate developed to address the labour shortages in the long-term care sector. The program allows you to discover a new career, gain work experience, and make a difference in your community.

The micro-certificate includes six weeks of online training and a four-month paid work placement. The program can help accelerate the next step of your career if you choose to pursue further studies and become a fully certified personal care provider – Supportive Care Assistant.

The program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is part of CICan’s Building Capacity in Long-term Care project.

Role of a Supportive Care Assistant

The micro-certificate program includes a four-month work placement in a long-term or home care setting. You will gain experience to help prepare for a career in the sector while providing much needed support to long-term and home care staff. You will assist certified personal care providers [insert regional title] and the health care team to support 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

Program Outline

The twelve-week online training is divided into learning modules and will prepare you for your role as a supportive care assistant.

Modules include:

  • Professionalism;
  • Client and Family-centred Assistance;
  • Communication;
  • Supportive Assistance; and
  • Infection Control and Safety.
  • 5 hour module from Pallium on Palliative Care. 
  • There is also a module related to your work placement that will be completed before, during, and after your placement.

Most modules will take approximately 20 hours to complete. Your cohort group will have approximately a week to complete each module. An instructor can provide support and will be available to assist with the completion of each module.

Cumberland College is adding additional modules which will allow you to work as a probationary full-time CCA in any private or SHA facility.

  • First Aid and CPR;
  • TLR - Transferring Lifting and Repositioning (SPCR 101);
  • PART - Professional Assault Response Training (SFTY 194);
  • Personal Care 1 (SPCR 104); and
  • Personal Competence(SPCR 192). 

After completing the required modules, you will be connected to an employer who will provide 560 hours of paid employment over a four-month period.

Once you have successfully completed all the requirements, you will be granted a micro-certificate. You may wish to further your studies to become a Continuing Care Assistant. If you choose to do so, you may receive recognition for the micro-certificate towards the new training. Please note that you will need to meet the admission requirements for that program.

Why Register for the Supportive Care Assistant Program?

In 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. Completing the Supportive Care Assistant Program is a steppingstone towards a career in a growing sector.

The program is fully subsidized and flexible. You don’t have to pay tuition and the online training means you don’t have to travel daily for classes. The paid work placement will provide you with the opportunity to build new skills and get practical experience while earning a wage.

A career in long-term care can be challenging but rewarding. You can make a difference in the lives of others and create meaningful connections with older adults, other people requiring assistance, and their families. It’s a good career fit for people who are compassionate and like working with others.

This program could be right for you if you:

  • Enjoy working with older adults and other people requiring assistance
  • Can communicate effectively and have strong interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly, flexible, and can provide warm encouragement
  • Enjoy working with others and as a member of a team
  • Are trustworthy and honest
  • Are compassionate and have demonstrated empathy, resilience, and sensitivity
  • Have an interest in a career in health care


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age 
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada (international students cannot register) 
  • You must be legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • For English as a second language speakers, you must provide proof of English language skills.  

Additionally, you should:

  • Have a computer with internet access - required.  Muskoday First Nation and Cumberland College will supplying laptops for participants to use while in the program.
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have access to transportation for work placement(s)
  • Be available to work shifts (evenings/nights/weekends)
  • Be physically able to stand/walk with some bending, twisting, and lifting

Note: Additional requirements may include a criminal record check and proof of certain immunizations. You may be exposed to communicable diseases during your work placement.



There is no cost for tuition or to register for the Supportive Care Assistant Program. Bursaries are available for dependant care and transportation during your work placement. You may be expected to cover certain costs associated with the placement including a criminal record check or other employment requirements.

Start Dates and Application Deadlines

The tenative program start dates and application deadlines are below:   

 September 13, 2021 start date - September 3, 2021 application deadline.

Note: There are a limited number of positions available nationally. Register early to ensure your place.

How to Apply

Register for the Supportive Care Assistant Program by clicking on the apply button on this page. 



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