HCAP Pre-Requisite Stipend

On September 15, 2020, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced the Health Career Access Program (HCAP) as a pathway to receive training and education towards certification as a Health Care Aide, while working in a new non-direct care role as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW). This initiative, led by the Ministry of Health, supports the increased need for additional staff in long-term care, assisted living sites, and home and community care settings.

In order to meet the eligibility requirements for the HCSW position under HCAP, applicants are required to complete a number of pre-requisite courses, some of which may come at a cost to the applicants. These pre-requisites may vary for each applicant, but include: FoodSafe and Standard First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Once conditionally accepted into the HCAP program and hired into a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) position, a stipend of $342.00 is available to support applicants with the costs related to the completion of pre-requisite courses for the HCAP program. This stipend is a fixed amount and not dependent on the type, number, or costs of the pre-requisites required for each applicant.

 


 

HCAP Pre-Requisite Stipend Eligibility

 

A one-time payment of $342.00 will be paid to qualified HCAP applicants based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must submit a complete offer of employment or letter from a hiring manager confirming acceptance into the Health Career Access Program (HCAP), working as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW). Offers may be contingent upon confirmation of requirements – for example, passing an English proficiency test. In these cases, conditional offers are accepted for an applicant to receive the stipend.

* Please note: Acceptance letters from institutions offering the Health Care Assistant Program are not sufficient proof of enrollment into HCAP.

  • Applicants must complete and submit an HCAP Pre-Requisite Stipend Application Form with all supporting documents to the Choose2Care team at Health Match BC.
  • Applicants must provide a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) to Health Match BC as of the application date and to receive a T4A, as this stipend is a taxable income.

*Note: You are not required to submit receipts for Food Safe and Standard First Aid/CPR courses.

 

Additional Funding:

English Language Proficiency Test

If applicants are required to complete an English Language Proficiency Test as part of their enrollment into the HCAP program, they may be eligible for funding in addition to the $342 stipend.

Effective June 27, 2022, potential new hires who are required to complete an English Language Proficiency Test are eligible for additional funding through a reimbursement process, for up to two (2) attempts of the test, whether they are successful or not. Funding is up to $400 per test and is based on official receipts from a recognized testing centre.

Accuplacer

If applicants are required to complete an Accuplacer for enrollment into a post-secondary institution, an additional reimbursement is available to cover this cost.

Criminal Record Check

second criminal record check may be requested by some Post Secondary Institutes for approval to do practicum training. To qualify for this reimbursement, applicants must provide written confirmation from their employer that an original criminal record check has been completed and they must submit the second criminal record check receipt.

Once your application has been received, the Choose2Care team will respond to you directly with instructions on how your employer can provide written confirmation.

Immunizations

If a participant needs to update their required immunizations for program compliance, they may do so from their doctor or travel clinic. Health Authority employees can receive these immunizations from their employer. Funding is up to $300 and is based on official receipts.

Reimbursement would be dependent on the participant showing place of employment (confirming it is not a Health Authority site), an itemized receipt limited to: form review or assessment fees; Tdap-IPV (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio/Pertussis); Hepatitis B; MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and confirmed payment. As the Hepatitis B vaccine is administered in three (3) doses, documentation will only be accepted if the receipt clearly indicates that all three doses have been received.

If Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test is not covered by your employer or post-secondary institution, you may submit a receipt for reimbursement.

Violence Prevention Program (Tuition)

For those needing to do the program through their Post-Secondary Institution/Continuing Education, this will be an interim bridging payment for participants who have already taken the program or will need to in the immediate future.

*Applicants must submit proof from the school showing fee paid and course completion.

 

To be eligible for this stipend, applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate proof of acceptance into HCAP – a conditional offer of employment or letter from a hiring manager confirming acceptance into the Health Career Access Program (HCAP), working as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW). * Please note, offers may be contingent upon confirmation of requirements – for example, passing an English proficiency test. In these cases, conditional offers are accepted for an applicant to receive the stipend.

To be eligible for additional funding, applicants must submit:

  1. Official receipts from a recognized English Language Proficiency Test for up to two attempts (if required for enrollment into HCAP).
  2. Receipts for up to two Accuplacer tests.
  3. Second criminal record check receipt and a receipt or written letter from the employer confirming that an original criminal record check had been submitted.
  4. An itemized immunization receipt.
  5. Violence Prevention tuition receipt and proof of course completion.

Further notes on eligibility: This stipend is only available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  

 

 


 

Application Process

 

To apply for this stipend, please complete the HCAP Pre-Requisite Stipend Application Form and upload all required documents.

The Choose2Care team will acknowledge receipt of your application within five (5) business days from the submission date. Please note the processing time may vary if the application is incomplete.

 


 

Required Documents

  • Proof of enrollment into HCAP – a complete offer of employment or letter from a hiring manager confirming acceptance into the Health Career Access Program (HCAP), working as a Health Care Support Worker (HCSW).  
  • Photo of yourself holding a valid government-issued picture identification. 
  • Void Cheque or Direct Deposit Form. 

*Please ensure to review all requirements and gather appropriate documents before completing the application form as the system will not allow to save your progress. If you experience any issues with the application form, please contact applications@choose2care.ca.

 


HCAP Pre-Requisite Stipend Application Form

 

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