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Quebec wants to allow a greater number of Quebecers to age at home by providing them with more care and support at home.

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The Quebec government is today launching the registration process for short-term paid training to train more home support and care workers.

The short training for future health and social services auxiliaries (ASSS) will last 705 hours over a period of 5 months compared to the 870 hours required to complete regular training.

Courses will be offered in all regions of Quebec where the training of the first cohorts must begin in the coming weeks, we promise in a press release from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

The objective of this new version is to train, by fall 2024, 1000 new attendants who will be able to work in home support.

A quote from the Quebec Ministry of Health

The goal of the exercise is also to reduce the health network's reliance on private agencies to meet its personnel needs.

Our government s is committed to making a major shift in home support in order to meet needs that will continue to increase over the coming years. […] I invite all people who want to use their humanity and energy to apply, writes the Minister responsible for Seniors, Sonia Bélanger.

In addition to receiving accelerated training, candidates enrolled in the program will benefit from $12,000 in financial assistance while they are at x27;school on the condition of committing to work at least six months in the Quebec health network at the end of their training.

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The $12,000 will be paid to candidates in three separate amounts of $4,000, two payments during training and the last upon graduation, which will be an attestation of professional studies (AEP). But be careful, the first two transfers of $4,000 will have to be reimbursed to the government if the candidate does not complete their training.

In addition to financial support , future attendants will be guaranteed employment, as soon as they obtain their certificate, adds the Ministry of Health.

This new paid training offered by Quebec comes in the wake of the accelerated program intended to recruit and train 5,000 beneficiary attendants in CHSLDs and RPAs launched in May 2023, where a $12,000 grant was also offered to new candidates.

The program has trained 3,000 new beneficiary attendants to date.

Quebecers want to be cared for at home for as long and as often as possible.

A quote from Christian Dubé, Quebec Minister of Health

The previous program for hiring beneficiary attendants launched in 2020, during the pandemic , meanwhile, attracted around 8,000 people to the classrooms.

Around 350,000 people receive home care each year in Quebec from nurses, ASSS, occupational therapists or even domestic help. To which are added 19,000 people on waiting lists.

And this is only the beginning, according to a prospective study published in November by the Jacques-Parizeau Research Chair in Economic Policies at HEC Montreal. According to the researchers, if current financing and management methods remain, the number of people who will need home care or support is expected to increase by 69% by 2040. This represents more than 545,000 beneficiaries to to serve and 42,500 places to be added in CHSLDs or Seniors' Homes.

Are we ready to respond to such a demand? Not right now, according to experts.

Currently in Quebec, home care is poorly developed compared to other provinces. In March 2023, the Commissioner of Health and Well-being, Joanne Castonguay, highlighted that Quebec remains at the bottom of the pack in Canada in terms of the budget allocated to home care.

According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Quebec invests approximately $259 per capita in home and community care services, which places it 11th in Canada. And this, despite a 30% increase in budgets allocated to this care between 2016 and 2020.

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