CHAP providers help families by promoting active living for children and adults with developmental disabilities while providing parental relief. Providers who are registered with the CHAP Program are connected with families looking to hire/contract respite services. Important: CHAP workers are not
employees of the CHAP Program, respiteservices.com, or Northumberland Family Respite Services (host agency).
Key Responsibilities of respite providers:
Important: Employee or self-employed?
When a family hires/contracts your services, it is important to decide and understand whether you would be considered an employee or a self-employed individual in that particular arrangement. Employment status directly affects a person’s entitlement to employment insurance(EI) benefits under the Employment Insurance Act. It can also have an impact on how a worker is treated under other legislation such as the Canada Pension Plan and the Income Tax Act. The facts of the working relationship as a whole decide your employment status. For more information you can download and review Canada Revenue Agency's Guide, Employee or Self-employed?
If you have any concerns regarding your status, you also may choose to seek legal advice before entering into any agreements with families who wish to use your services.
- Provide safe, stimulating and recreational support
- Provide care and supervision according to individual needs
- Provide respite/support services as negotiated with the parent/guardian
- Network with community groups, facilitate inclusion and act as a positive role model
- Maintain communication with the CHAP Program Coordinator
- Ability and willingness to support persons with disabilities
- Effective communication skills with both verbal and non-verbal populations
- Commitment to providing quality life experiences in home and in the community
- Experience providing care and support to persons with disabilities is an asset
- First Aid and CPR is an asset
How to Become a CHAP Worker
Step 1: Apply Online
- Be sure to attach your resume.
- While completing the online registration, prepare your Classified Ad. It's free, it runs for 3 months and can be renewed as needed. (The classified ad becomes active once you have completed all the requirements and have been approved as a CHAP provider.)
Step 2: Complete "SafeGuards" online course
The Respite Services Training Certificate
from SafeGuards is an open-entry, self-paced online course designed to prepare individuals to provide respite support to families. There are 12 modules to complete (Cost: $39.55). Enrol here.
For more information about the SafeGuards course, contact Amanda Hart at 905-889-5030 x 125.
Step 3: Submit Documentation
The following are documents that you need to compile and submit by email or fax and include:
- A valid Police/Vulnerable Persons Check (less than 6 months old)
- *Three (3) references
- Certificate of Completion from the “SafeGuards” training course
- *Signed Oath of Confidentiality
- *Signed CHAP Worker Conduct and Expectations
- *Signed Referral Agreement
*Items marked with an asterisk (*) will be emailed to applicants for electronic completion/submission.
Step 4: Attend an Orientation/Activation Interview
Once all requirements have been met, a CHAP Coordinator will invite you to an Orientation/Activation Interview. This may be conducted in group fashion or an individual one-on-one, depending on the number of individuals. At the Orientation/Activation we will provide you with informational resources, answer questions, guide you through how to access and update your profile etc.
Are you ready to become a CHAP provider?
For more information:
Phone: 905-885-6671 x 227