Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) are essential to the delivery of quality long term care in Nova Scotia. They provide care to our loved ones in addition to those who are most vulnerable in our province and have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic in difficult conditions. The Rankin government believes that CCAs are highly committed and dedicated healthcare workers who deserve additional opportunities for advancement in their careers.
In addition to increasing wages and investing in workplace safety initiatives, the Rankin Government will support our continuing care workforce by investing $500,000 annually to cover the cost of tuition and books at NSCC for CCAs who wish to upgrade their credentials and are committed to working in the long-term care sector.
Our government will collaborate with our partners at NSCC to establish 30 new seats within the LPN program that will be reserved for the Pathway to Progress Program. This program will be available to CCAs who have practiced for five years and will sign a return of service agreement committing to continued practice in long-term care for an additional five years.
The establishment of the Pathway to Progress bursary will provide opportunities for CCAs who are committed to working in long term care to advance in their careers, while also improving recruitment and retention for CCAs and LPNs who are committed to supporting our loved ones in the continuing care sector.