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Earn while you learn through HCAP – 100% Employer Paid Education and Training

HCAP is a new entry-level opportunity for people interested in joining the healthcare sector as a Care Aide. We will pay 100 percent of your wages, tuition and books while you undergo an accelerated 12 to 18 month training program. This includes online and in-person training as well as the opportunity for hands-on learning in both home support and long-term care.

Once your training is done, you’ll have a job with VCH, with a return of service commitment for at least one year.

This program offers an easy-entry, financially supported start to long-term career growth opportunities across VCH. When your training is successfully completed, you’ll be eligible to register as a Care Aide with the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry and become a qualified health care assistant.

For external applicants, please start your application by clicking one of the buttons below:

HCAP for Home Support  HCAP for Long Term Care

For internal applicants, please follow the internal application process by clicking here.

Why join Vancouver Coastal Health?

  • Supportive, world-class team who delivers exceptional care to all
  • Competitive salaries and strong premiums and allowances
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Career growth with employer supported development opportunities
  • Full range of lifestyle and career opportunities, in diverse health care settings
  • Culture where all voices are heard and innovator in medical care, research and teaching

Health Care Support Worker (HCSW) role

As an HCSW, you will work under the direction of a Registered Nurse or another regulated healthcare professional and perform a variety of non-direct and/or non-clinical healthcare supports to clients and families in home settings in accordance with the established care plan and safety requirements.



  • Grade 10, including successful completion of English 10 or equivalency. Transcripts showing 3 years consecutive, or 7 years non-consecutive study within a country with English language systems/institutions (where English is a primary, official language and the language used for education) – OR – Standardized English language
  • Valid Class V BC Driver’s License (for Home Support North Shore, Sea to Sky, Sechelt, Powell River, and Bella Bella only)

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to deal with others effectively
  • Ability to organize work
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
  • Ability to operate related equipment

Please note there is a return of service commitment of a minimum of one (1) year with VCH.

How to Apply

  1. Apply at by following one of the links below:
  2. Work as a Health Care Support Worker while receiving paid education and training
  3. Become a qualified Care Aide
  4. Work as a registered Care Aide or Community Health Worker
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