The Supportive Care Assistant program, funded in part by Employment and Social Development Canada, is a fully subsidized micro-certificate developed to address the labour shortages in the long-term care sector as part of CICan’s Building Capacity in Long-term Care project. 

The program allows students to discover a new career, build new skills, gain work experience while earning a wage in a growing sector, and make a difference in their community through six weeks of online training and a two-month paid work placement.

This program could be right for you if:

  • you have an interest in working with older adults and other people requiring assistance
  • you can communicate effectively and have strong interpersonal skills
  • you are friendly, flexible, and can provide warm encouragement
  • you enjoy working with others and as a member of a team


To be eligible to participate in this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada; international students are not eligible 
  • For English first language speakers, you must provide proof of Grade 10 English, or college admission testing may be used as an equivalency
  • For English as a second language speakers, you must provide proof of English language skills (IELTS 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5) or equivalency

Additionally, you should: 

  • Have access to transportation for work placement(s)  
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • 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 for work placement. You may be exposed to communicable diseases during your work placement.  

Next Steps

No application fee is required. Completed applications can be submitted via email to continuingstudies@assiniboine.net.

Application Deadline: May 9, 2023


Careers & Connections

The micro-certificate program includes a two-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 healthcare aides and the healthcare team to support clients.

Job Duties

The role involves performing non-clinical activities, which could include:

  • assisting with meals
  • assisting with cleaning and disinfecting
  • stocking materials required by clients and healthcare 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


After receiving your Supportive Care Assistant micro-certificate, you may wish to further your studies to become a fully credentialed personal care provider. 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.

The program can help accelerate the next step of your career. As a program graduate, you would have access to a $5,000 stipend if you choose to pursue further studies and complete our Comprehensive Health Care Aide program

Tools & Supplies

Technology Requirements

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for more detailed information about the requirements for this program

Courses & Costs

There is no tuition or application fee for the Supportive Care Assistant Program. Students accepted into the program may be eligible for bursaries for dependant care during work placement. Students are expected to cover certain costs associated with the placement, including a criminal record check or other employment requirements (ex. appropriate clothing or footwear).  

The six-week online training is divided into learning modules and will prepare students for a role as a supportive care assistant:


As a supportive care assistant, it is important to understand your role within the interprofessional team. This module provides the background information and skills needed to provide professional, client-centred assistance.

Client and Family-centred Assistance

As a supportive care assistant, you will demonstrate respect for the clients and families you work with by providing client- and family-centred supports. This module provides the background information and skills to provide supportive, client-centred care.


As a supportive care assistant, you will demonstrate inclusive practice skills when interacting with clients, families, and other interprofessional team members. This module provides the background information, skills and effective communication techniques to provide inclusive. client-centred support.

Supportive Assistance

In this module, you will learn how to provide personal support as part of your role of supportive care assistant. You will learn how to practice safe and supportive assistance to promote client independence.

Infection Control and Safety

In this module, you will learn how to demonstrate knowledge of the chain of infection related to disease and transmission. As a supportive care assistant, you need to know how to identify and respond to safety hazards and unsafe situations when dealing with your clients.

Each module will take approximately 20 hours to complete and can be done at your own pace within the six-week training period.

After completing the required modules, you will be connected to an employer who will provide 280 hours of paid employment over a two-month period.

Once you have successfully completed all the requirements, you will be granted the micro-certificate.

Employer Partnership

Employer Partnership Opportunity

If you are an employer in long-term care, you could receive an up to $5,000 wage subsidy to help train new workers, provide support to staff, and improve the quality of care.

Students will assist your staff in the day-to-day activities of your facility, allowing your healthcare 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 hours of paid work over the 8-week placement.

For more information, review frequently asked questions or connect with us by email at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net 

Fast Facts

6 weeks + paid work placement
Program Start
May 15, 2023
Certificate of Achievement
Course Load
Continuing Studies
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