Home Support Worker

Job Summary

Location: Sachs Harbour
Department: Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
Job ID: 22338
Wage: $34.20 - $40.85
Employment Type: Part-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within 25 kilometres of Sachs Harbour, NT.

Department Information

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) offers challenging and exciting careers in health and social services delivery and administration in Canada’s North. The Territorial Authority has service locations in communities across the territory and a staff of more than 1,600 serving over 43,000 residents of the NWT and 5,900 residents of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut.  Challenging work, welcoming communities, and expanded opportunities are some of the benefits offered to employees of the NTHSSA.

Job Information

Located in Sachs Harbour at the Tiktalik Health Health Centre, the incumbent reports administratively to the Nurse in Charge (NIC), and receives program support and direction from the Regional Manager, Community Health Centres. The incumbent provides culturally sensitive respite and ADL care to residents of Sachs Harbour. The NIC will identify the clients and accept them into the program based on a nursing assessment and the level of support or care required.

Clients of the Home Care Program are usually individuals who require support and care so that they may remain living in their own home. These clients include but are not limited to long-term convalescent, geriatric, respite, surgical or medical patients who live within their home and require scheduled treatment, care and/or support. The clients' medical outcomes are somewhat predictable.

The Home Support Worker (HSW) is a member of the home care team who provides direct personalized care to residents who have common well-defined nursing diagnoses. The HSW will act as a client's advocate and facilitates communication between the client, family, Homecare Nurses, Registered Dietician, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists and other health care professionals. This will result in a holistic approach to planning, organizing, teaching, and relationship development that will best meet the needs of the residents.

The HSW will ensure the safety and comfort, maintain hygiene, facilitate physical activity and promote the independence and mental well-being of the client in a respectful and compassionate manner.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and an ability to provide seasoned home nursing support.
  • An ability to use nursing equipment (including but not limited to Hoyer Lift, Commode Tub, etc.).
  • Knowledge of traditional healing methods as well as community and cultural norms.
  • Knowledge of and an ability to apply basic first aid and CPR in order to preserve life and promote healing
  • Ability to operate basic medical equipment required to assess patient vital statistics and condition (i.e. thermometer, stethoscope, blood pressure apparatus, Blood Glucose Monitor, forceps, scissors, simple suction equipment, stretchers, etc.).

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • The successful completion of a Personal Support Worker Program and 2 years directly related experience in a home care setting.
  • The incumbent must maintain current certification in CPR and Standard First Aid.
  • The incumbent must have a valid class five driver’s license and be able to complete a satisfactory criminal records check.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 1869
Tel (867) 678-6600
Fax (867) 678-6620

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Part-time position

This Job opening is for a Part-time position (.5 FTE)

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Immunization Status

The successful candidate will be required to obtain proof of current up-to-date immunization status.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (NTHSSA) is committed to promoting, protecting and providing for the health and wellbeing of the people of the Northwest Territories.  In order to decrease the risk of workers contracting and/or spreading vaccine preventable communicable diseases in NTHSSA workplaces, unless specifically stated, the NTHSSA will require all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 11, 2022.  Candidates must provide proof that they have met the vaccination requirements or provide a valid medical or Human Rights exemption to complete the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22338     

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $34.20 per hour plus a pro-rated annual Northern Allowance.