SafeCare BC Releases Home Support Needs Assessment Report

Further to previous notices regarding injury rates and sector survey responses, we are pleased to share with you SafeCare BC’s final Needs Assessment report for our province’s home support sector.

Developed in consultation with a Project Working Group of home support employers, representatives of WorkSafeBC, union leaders, the Ministry of Health, health authorities, individual employers and other key stakeholders, this Needs Assessment represents a training roadmap for SafeCare BC’s expansion into this growing sector.

In addition to capturing existing best practices from BC and across Canada, the results of a province-wide survey of close to 1,000 sector employers and front-line workers and an environmental scan of the challenges facing the home support sector, the Needs Assessment includes a series of recommendations that will guide SafeCare BC’s training and outreach programs over the coming year. Among other things, recommendations focus on four themes:


  • Amend SafeCare BC bylaws to include representation from the home support sector and a front-line home support worker on the Board


  • Align training priorities with WorkSafe BC’s high risk strategy with a specific focus on dementia care, violence prevention, overexertion, slip, trips and falls
  • Initiate program collaborations with BCGEU, Alzheimer Society of B.C., WorkSafe BC Employer Advisors and BC Federation of Labour
  • Leverage and develop on-site training labs that simulate home environments and support practical in-person education for workers


  • Collaborate with WorkSafe BC to update and improve sector resources
  • Work with Ontario’s safety association and BCGEU to consider adopting existing programs for the sector
  • Review SafeCare BC’s long-term care programming with a view to identifying common program opportunities for both sectors

Communications and Engagement

  • Update SafeCare BC website to create unique space for home support employers and workers
  • Develop effective email and electronic survey tools to facilitate ongoing communication with home support sector
  • Include home support worker (s) on SafeCare BC’s Front Line Worker Communications Committee

For more information:
Click here for a full copy of the Needs Assessment Report
Click here for a summary of our home support sector survey results
Click here for injury rates in the home support sector
Click here for more on SafeCare BC’s expansion into the home support sector



Introducing SafeCare BC for Home Care Workers

We are pleased to share with you the latest injury report data for BC’s Home Care sector.  Based on WorkSafe BC statistics, this data captures the size of the sector by payroll, 2015 injury rates and total claim costs.  According to the new statistics:

  • employment in the home care sector has grown by approximately 34% over the past four years – to a total payroll of $997 million in 2015 from $743 million in 2012
  • the sector’s overall injury rate has also increased by 25% – from  2.2 time-loss claims per 100 workers in 2012 to 4.4 in 2015
  • the total claims paid by community health support services employers has increased 16.5% over the past four years – from $6 million from 2012 to $7 million in 2015

Click here for a complete summary of the 2015 statistics that you can download and share with your team.

For more on SafeCare BC and the home support sector, click here.

Over the past two months, SafeCare BC has released the results of a sector survey and completed a comprehensive Needs Assessment that identifies training priorities for the coming year.

In partnership with unions, employers, WorkSafe BC, the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, health authorities and other sector stakeholders, SafeCare BC is looking forward to expanding our mandate and developing a full suite of training, education and awareness programs that respond to the real needs of BC’s community health support service sector. Together we can reverse the trend of rising injury rates and insurance premiums.