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The National Occupational Standard for Personal Care Providers

The National Occupational Standard for Personal Care Providers

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is working with its members, provinces and territories, employers, workers, and other stakeholders to create a national occupational standard (NOS) for personal care providers (also called personal support worker, health care aide, and other titles).

This work is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program and is part of CICan’s Building Capacity in Long-term Care project.

What is a national occupational standard?

A national occupational standard describes the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the duties of a profession effectively, competently, and successfully. It serves as a point of reference and provides a comprehensive definition of what it means to work in a specific occupation.

Why are national occupational standards created?

Standards are established for a wide range of professions and help employers, job seekers, workers, students, and educators make informed decisions about hiring, skills training, and career choices. They also form the basis for national consistency and can help reduce skills gaps.

The NOS for personal care providers will help ensure every individual receiving support from these roles can count on a high level of care.

How can you participate?

CICan is seeking input from sector stakeholders across the country and with diverse backgrounds to ensure the standard is representative on a national level. If you are a personal care provider, employer, sector representative, or educator, you can help shape the new standard by responding to two surveys. Each survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.



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