The Government of Canada, in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) under the Building Capacity in Long Term Care initiative, undertook the development of a National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Personal Care Providers in a multi-year initiative.

The National Occupational Standard (NOS) was created to address challenges like pervasive skills gaps, labour shortages, and inconsistencies across jurisdictions and serve as a set of voluntary guidelines. It outlines what workers in the occupation do and the skills necessary to succeed in the occupation. That means job seekers can better plan their career paths, employers can focus on recruiting the right workers with the necessary skills, educators can create curriculum based on clear learning objectives, and workers, including those who were internationally trained, can have their skills and experience more easily assessed and recognized.

National Occupational Standard for Personal Care Providers

A guide for Canadian educators, employers, and job seekers to make informed decisions about hiring, skills training, and career choices.