Applications are now open for the three-month intensive CHSLD attendant course! On May 27, the Quebec Government announced that it was still missing 10,000 employees from the nursing homes around the province and set up a new program to attract people to the job. The program will be from June to September and you can get paid $760 a week during training. 

This new campaign is "an offer that's interesting," according to Premier François Legault. "It's an offer that, many people say, with reason, that is not a question of money or salary — it's work that's fulfilling." 

By becoming a CHSLD attendant, you'll work to enrich the lives of the elderly and vulnerable. Every day, you'll do various tasks that will improve their quality of life and comfort. 

Once you finish the three-month program, you will become a fully-certified nursing home attendant at an annual salary of around $49,000.

The training will take a total of 375 hours, spread over 12 weeks. 

The first training session begins on June 15. Anyone who's interested can fill out the application form found here

Combining classroom and in-field experience, you will learn the ins and outs of providing and caring for the elderly, including first aid, personal assistance, psychological and physical intervention, and end of life care. 

The government says that despite the situation in CHSLDs, the work is rewarding and fulfilling.

If you pass the course, your tasks will be the following:

  • "Foster and stimulate the autonomy of seniors and vulnerable people." 

  • "Provide assistive care such as food aid."

  • "Help or accompany people on their travels."

  • "Apply measures to promote comfort, sleep, and rest."

  • "Provide moral support to people."


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The health care network has been trying to keep ahead of the pandemic since the start.

Lacking 10,000 employees adds all the more stress to an already struggling system. 

According to Legault, 55,000 people have already applied as of June 3. 

"This privileged link will allow you to support beneficiary attendants, licensed practical nurses and nurses in their daily work," writes the government. 

Training centres are open all across the province.

A list of training centres by region is available on the government's website.

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