Apply for SafeCare BC Membership


What is SafeCare BC?


SafeCare BC is the non-profit workplace health and safety association for the continuing care sector. Our goal is to create safe, healthy workplaces for long-term and community health workers. We do this through education, training, resources, and policy work.


How does SafeCare BC membership work?


Organizations can become a SafeCare BC member in two ways:

  • Automatic: If your WorkSafeBC classification number is 766011 (long-term care) or 766006 (home and community support), then you’re automatically a member.
  • Opt-in: If you’re an eligible education or service provider, then you can apply to become a member — see below for more information.

Once an organization is a SafeCare BC member, all the people within that organization also become members and have access to benefits.


Who’s eligible for opt-in membership?


Education Providers

  • Offer education or training, such as nursing or administration, that prepares people to work in the continuing care sector.
  • If you offer a health care aide training program, it must be fully recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.

Service Providers

  • Provide standard services in the continuing care sector, such as catering or housekeeping; or
  • Provide special services in the continuing care sector, such as assisted living or specialized community support living, but whose organization does NOT have the WorkSafeBC classification number 766011 or 766006.

In addition to the above, education and service providers must also . . .

  • Operate in British Columbia;
  • Be registered with WorkSafeBC for at least one year;
  • Be in good standing with WorkSafeBC; and
  • NOT be a commercial supplier.

Questions? Contact Saleema Dhalla at saleema@safecarebc.ca or 604-630-5572 ext. 236.


What are the benefits of membership?


  • Take part in workshops at a subsidized rate ($35 / participant per full-day course, versus the non-member rate of $100 / participant per full-day course);
  • Use resources that are up-to-date, based on leading practices, and are customized to the unique demographics and needs of members;
  • Access licensed education content at no charge (a $1,000 annual value; designed for peer facilitators);
  • Register for training across the province in various program streams;
  • Inform the development of courses and resources for your sector; and
  • Access customized support on workplace health and safety topics.

How does opt-in membership work? How much is it?


Education Providers

  • Membership term is two years.
  • Membership costs are pro-rated and billed annually. For example, if you begin your membership on April 1, you’ll be billed for 9 months (until December 31). Then, on January 1, you’ll be billed for the second year.
  • Membership is calculated by multiplying the total number of program seats by 20 (the dollar cost of membership per seat).
  • Minimum cost for two-year membership is $1000, the maximum $12,000 ($6,000 per year).

Fill in the calculator to get an approximate cost of your yearly membership fee. This calculator assumes membership begins on January 1.

We’ll calculate your exact membership fee after you submit an application. To do this, you’ll need to provide the programs you want to include for membership and the total number of available seats (not the total number of students) in each of those programs. The total number of seats are multiplied by the $20-per-seat membership fee.


Service Providers

  • Membership term is two years.
  • Membership costs are pro-rated and billed annually. For example, if you begin your membership on April 1, you’ll be billed for 9 months (until December 31). Then, on January 1, you’ll be billed for the second year.
  • Membership is calculated by dividing your WorkSafeBC assessable payroll by 100 and multiplying by the WorkSafeBC unit levy, which changes from year to year.

Fill in the calculator to get an approximate cost of your membership fee. The calculator assumes membership begins on January 1. We’ll calculate your exact membership fee when you submit your application.


How do I apply for membership?


Applying to become a SafeCare BC member is simple:

  1. Ensure you meet the membership requirements, above; and
  2. Complete and submit the application form (click below).

We’ll review your application and get back to you regarding its status within two weeks. We’ll contact you if we have any questions.

Note: the SafeCare BC Board is responsible for approving, renewing, and, if required, revoking membership.


Questions? Contact Saleema Dhalla at saleema@safecarebc.ca or 604-630-5572 ext. 236.


Apply for membership