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Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE)


     A CIC Affinity Group

Terms of Reference

Statement of Purpose

The CIC 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 unregulated 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.


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.


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 CIC 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.

Operational Structure

Membership and Decision Making

CIC member institutions which offer a personal care provider program may be members of the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educator’s (CACCE) Affinity Group. Employees of CIC colleges/institutes who have relevant program responsibilities for the education of personal care providers are welcome to participate in the annual educational conferences and general meetings or any other event organized by the CACCE.

When a vote is required at the CACCE Annual General Meeting, each member college present will have one vote.  

National Coordinating Committee

A national Coordinating Committee guides the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators, operating like a board of directors with specific terms.

Representatives are appointed to the Coordinating Committee from within their region/province/territory. The process for selecting a representative is decided within the region/province/territory and may differ from area to area. Names of representatives may be brought forward at the annual general meeting or at other Coordinating Committee meeting times.  

Each province/territory is entitled to 2 representatives from member colleges/institutions but may choose to have only one appointed representative at any given time. Where there are two representatives, it is recommended that they be from different colleges/institutes and, if applicable, from different provinces/territories.

Atlantic Provinces: 2 representatives from two different provinces

Ontario: 2 representatives

Manitoba: 2 representatives

Nunavut, NWT, Yukon: 2 representatives from two different territories

Saskatchewan: 2 representatives

Alberta: 2 representatives

British Columbia: 2 representatives

Quebec: 2 representatives

Provincial/territorial representatives on the Coordinating Committee will require support from their college to participate in regularly scheduled teleconferences and annual educational and general meetings. Additional meetings may also be scheduled as required,

Members at Large may be added to the Coordinating Committee when specific initiatives would benefit from added involvement.

Term of Office for the National Coordinating Committee

Regional representatives hold a three year term with the option to renew for an additional term.

To ensure continuity three year terms are staggered so that generally no more than 2 representatives change at one time.

The Coordinating Committee Chair is elected from the committee membership and will have the following responsibilities: