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A group of five Western community colleges approached ACCC in 2002 to seek support for a pan-Canadian meeting of educators of unregulated health care workers. The result was a National Symposium for Community College Educators of Unregulated Health Care Workers, which was held in Ottawa (February 2004). Over 70 community college participants from across Canada met to dialogue about the challenges and barriers that exist across provinces/territories relevant to the education of personal care providers.  During the proceedings, support emerged for the establishment of an affinity group which eventually was named the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE). Over the past few years, CACCE has actively worked towards the development of national educational standards for personal care provider programs and in the process of doing so, has gathered information on core competencies across Canada.

Statement of Purpose

To strengthen the quality, effectiveness and delivery of education for personal care providers by:

  1. Promoting linkages, exchange, discussion, and the regular sharing of information and resources among institutions regarding experiences and best practices in the education of personal care providers.
  2. Working with Colleges and Institutes Canada to influence the identification of national skills and competencies to promote educational standards; skills transferability, and portability; and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
  3. Collaborating with other health care profession educators to enhance curriculum for personal care providers and to promote career pathways and collaborative educational opportunities among professions/occupations.
  4. Enhancing public awareness of the significance of the personal care provider role.
  5. Establishing working groups for various issues identified at regular conferences and meetings.
  6. Liaising with industry partners and educational institutions on issues pertaining to education and human resource needs for unregulated personal care providers.
  7. Organizing an annual educational conference, driven by the needs of the membership, for the purpose of face-to face networking, sharing of best practices, new programs and opportunities, and education sessions from lifelong learning experts.

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Continuing Care Affinity group, known as the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE), is a national network of college leaders, program coordinators and faculty responsible for the education of unregulated2; personal care providers. The CACCE believes that its members can influence the promotion of common core skills/competencies nationally by sharing knowledge and expertise through national and provincial/territorial collaboration. Personal care providers are known by a variety of names in different provinces such as (but not limited to) health care aide or assistant; personal support worker or continuing care assistant.

2 In the context of this document, unregulated care providers are paid care providers who are neither registered nor licensed by a regulatory body and who have no legally defined scope of practice. Source for wording: College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. (2007). Assigning and delegating to unregulated care providers.  (CRNBC Publication No. 98). Retrieved September 9, 2011 from



The mission of CACCE is to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and consistency of education for unregulated personal care providers in Canada. This can be accomplished by sharing expertise and knowledge among CACCE members and other stakeholders.