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Care Aides

At a glance

• 13,000 employees
• 7,900 full-time equivalents (FTEs)
• 45 years = average age
• $64,800 per year = a
verage compensation including benefits for a full-time care aide

There are 13,000 care aides in BC who care for clients in a variety of publicly-funded health care settings. The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 7,900 full-time employees. Most care aides work in long-term care facilities (53.3 per cent) and acute care settings (38.1 per cent).

Care aides, also called nursing assistants, are covered by the Facilities subsector collective agreement.

FTE and employee trend (2008-2013)
FTE and employee trend

The average age of a care aide is 45 years, which is up from 44 years in 2009. Approximately 27.3 per cent of care aides are now 55 years or older, which is an increase from 2009 when 22 per cent of care aides were over age 55.

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)

Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time care aide is $64,800 or $33.25 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, care aide wages have increased by 14.6 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 10.0 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2005-2013)


Compensation breakdown for a full-time care aide (2013)


Overtime and sick leave
Over the past five years, care aides have worked an average of one-half to one hour of overtime per week. Since 2009, overtime has increased by less than ten minutes per week. Paid sick leave for care aides has decreased over the past five years.


Last Updated: 31-10-2014