BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry announced
After months of consultation between HEU,
other health care unions, health employers and the government, the province’s new
BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry is being launched this week.
The registry will establish a province-wide training
standard for new graduate care aides (CAs) and community health workers (CHWs),
and ensure a fair process for investigating abuse allegations against front-line
In 2009, the Ministry of Health Services announced plans to
create a registry with the original goal of preventing care aides and community
health workers, who had been terminated for resident abuse, from being hired by
other publicly funded employers in the future.
The unions were very concerned that the
government-introduced registry was an easy way for employers to target and get
rid of staff – accused of resident abuse – without due process.
As a result of a union lobbying effort, the Ministry agreed
to include a transparent process for investigating resident abuse allegations,
and introduce a standardized training curriculum for CAs and CHWs in the registry.
“This broader mandate provides greater protection for care
aides and community health workers,” says HEU
secretary-business manager Judy Darcy.
“It recognizes the value of high-quality training, and acknowledges the
important contribution these workers make in supporting many of B.C.’s most
Who should apply and
The government has set out the following requirements as
part of the new registry.
Even if you are off work on WCB, LTD or any other leave – but have a care aide or community health worker certificate – it’s important to register now.
The government also requires you to register by April 28 if you:
- work in a position (i.e. as a patient porter) that requires a care aide certificate,
- trained on the job and do not have a certificate or the equivalent educational requirements,
- are a licensed practical nurse who may want to work as a CA in the future, or
- work for a private employer, but could work for a publicly funded employer down the road.
Registration is easy and it’s free. You’ll need to complete
an Application and Consent Form. You
can do that online at <www.cachwr.bc.ca>, or you can fill out the form
and fax it to 1-877-494-3222, or
mail it to BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry, Suite 200-1333 West
Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 4C6.
If you have any questions, please contact your servicing representative through your local executive.