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Registration $25.  Students attend free. Please contact Maria Chelini at with any questions.  This years CE points to be earned are:
a) Competency #1 Professionalism
b) Competency #3 Nutrition & Healthy Living
c) Competency #4 Clinical Nutrition
d) Competency #7 Financial/Business Management
e) Competency #8 Marketing & Promotions

Make sure to Download the Registration Form and send cheque before April 17, 2018. 

Respiratory Infection Outbreak Guidelines - Draft Ready for Review

Provincial Infection Control Network of BC's Steering Committee has been working on updating the 2011 Respiratory Infection Outbreak Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities.

The draft revised guidelines are now available for review by Community of Practice. Anyone who uses these guidelines, should read he draft document and provide feedback via the PICNet Feedback Form.

Draft Guidelines Download Here

Deadline to submit comments is April 6, 2018.

Please send your completed form to Joanne Archer by email to Joanne.archer at 

Ongoing Workshops & Events: SafeCare BC

SafeCare BC is committed to providing outstanding professional development for continuing care workers in BC as well as connecting continuing care workers to other professional development opportunities.

Seniors Safety & Quality Improvement Program (SSQIP)

The BC Care Providers Association has been awarded a grant from the BC Ministry of Health to develop and manage the new province-wide Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement Program (SSQIP). All non-government publicly funded residential care homes operating within the province are eligible to participate.  Here are the timelines: 

1. RFP for an industry needs assessment: Completed in September
2. Pilot needs assessment: Completed in October
3. Deploy needs assessment to sector: Complete in Mid-November
4. Application eligibility and criteria: Communicated in December
5. Launch of first application period:  January 15th, 2018 to February, 28th, 2018
6. First period of applications under review: March 2018
7. Letters of approval to be issued: End of March to the beginning of April 2018
8. Launch of the second application period: Mid-April 2018

SafeCare BC Team Job Opening


NEWS: BC Government to Raise Minimum Wage


Premier John Horgan announced Thursday, February 8th, 2018, that the minimum wage will be raised to $15 per hour by June 2021.  This policy endorses the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission.

The BC Government plans for an immediate increase of $13 an hour on June 1, 2018, setting the new minimum wage at $12.65 an hour.  Additional increases will take place on June 1 of each year, for the next three more years.

The Fair Wages Commission Report can be found HERE.

EDUCATION: Foodsafe Level 1 Refresher

Did you know that FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates expire?

The FOODSAFE Level 1 Refresher is an inexpensive and convenient way to renew your certification since all Level 1 certificates issued in BC are valid for 5 years. Therefore, certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013 will expire this coming July 29, 2018!

You can take the Level 1 Refresher online.  FOOD SAFE Level 1 Refresher takes 1-3 hours and must be completed within 10 days (including weekends) from the start date of the course, including your final examination.

The fee is $45. Register through Open School BC.




The Provincial Infection Control Network's webinars and teleclasses schedules, as well as many archived sessions are available!   Information follows on both the upcoming sessions and archived webinars. Check PICNet here for education opportunities. 

CONFERENCE LINE: 1-877-385-4099   PASS CODE: 7188720#

Download past slide presentations here:


With March being NUTRITION MONTH, check our blog post for all the resources and information connected to the 2018 Campaign, "Unlock the Potential of Food". 

PICNet Education Conference - MARCH 8-9, 2018

Registration Now Open

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for PICNet's 2018 Educational Conference takes place March 8-9, 2018. Mark it in your calendars! Early Registration Discounts available:

  • $125 per day ($250 for both days) until EOD Friday January 26, 2018
  • $140 per day ($280 for both days) until EOD Friday February 16, 2018

The full conference program is now live, and the following presentations are confirmed:


  • Courageously you! The leadership power of small acts
  • Taking the snag out of your Catch-22: Ethical decision making
  • Waste woes: Do's and don'ts
  • For those who seek to study: How ICPs can be involved with research
  • Use of whole-genome sequencing data to investigate a cluster of NDM-positive Citrobacter freundii


  • The disinfectant duke-out
  • Critical device failure: Now what?
  • Vaccinations: What's new and/or improved?
  • It's all in your hands: Preventing hand dermatitis
  • Short n Snappy presentations
The conference will be  at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond BC. The hotel is 2.5 blocks from a Skytrain station.  
Guest rooms can be booked directly with the hotel; let them know you're with the PICNet conference to receive the room booking discount. (If you're booking online, use the group code PICNET). All the information, including room rates and how to get to the hotel, can be found on our Hotel Information page.
The Short n Snappy presentations are now a regular fixture at our conference, so we will again be inviting anyone attending the conference to submit an abstract if they have a topic they would like to present. The presentations, which must be no more than 15 minutes including Q&A time, allow members of our Community of Practice (that's you!) to showcase a project you've recently completed or are currently working on, or share research results.

Improving Brain Health in our Aging Population - APRIL 19

Improving Memory, Sleep, Concentration and Quality of Life

Join BC Care Providers Association for their workshop on the importance of preventative brain health care in reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline and improving quality of life. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Impact of aging on cognitive performance
  • Risk factors that impact brain health
  • Preventative strategies to reduce modifiable risks

The physiological changes in the brain during the aging process and factors that impact cognitive performance will be discussed. An approach to brain health assessment that identifies modifiable risks to brain health will be presented and a brain fitness program that optimizes sleep, diet, physical fitness, stress management, and brain training will be discussed.

Thursday April 19th 2018
9:00 am – 11:30 am
SafeCare BC Training Centre
Metro tower 1, Suite 1424 – 4710 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

BC Care Providers Annual Conference - MAY 27-29, 2018

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC

The BCCPA issued an open RFP allowing any commercial organization to submit a bid, and after thoroughly reviewing all submissions, Angel Accessibility was selected as the title sponsor.  The BC Care Providers Association is pleased to welcome back Angel Accessibility, a division of Handicare, as the title sponsor for the 2018 Annual Conference.

The 2017 Annual Conference, which also celebrated BCCPA’s 40th anniversary, was a roaring success with over 500 attendees, including service providers, commercial delegates, exhibitors, and government officials from Canada and beyond. The 2018 conference is expected to raise that bar even higher.

For a complete list of sponsorship opportunities for BCCPA's 2018 Conference, see the Sponsorship Prospectus document.

JUNE 6-9, 2018

ELEVATE, INFLUENCE, INSPIRE: Dietitians of Canada National Conference

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver

Join us in Vancouver for the premier learning event for dietitians and food & nutrition professionals in Canada. This is the conference that will Elevate, Influence and Inspire you!

The conference Program offers a mix of plenary sessions and symposia, workshops, research presentations and association celebrations and social activities. Regardless of your practice setting or years in practice, you'll be sure to find interesting and valuable topics to meet your education needs.

Pre-conference meetings will take place on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 prior to the start of the conference on Wednesday, June 6. Download the full PROGRAM.


Building Extraordinary Leaders

Moncton New Brunswick

Save $50 on your CSNM full conference registration by renewing your CSNM membership BEFORE MARCH 31, 2018.


Over 50,000 Care Providers Recognized In Special Provincial Proclamation

Feb 19th, 2017 (Burnaby, B.C.): In recognition of the thousands of workers who take care of B.C. seniors, the Province of British Columbia has declared February 19th, 2018 as BC Seniors Care Providers Day.

“Dedicated seniors’ care workers across the province deserve to be honoured and celebrated for the work they do,” says BC Care Providers CEO Daniel Fontaine.“The proclamation is a fitting way to recognize their commitment to providing the best possible care for our seniors.”

The declaration coincides with the 5th Annual BC Care Awards which will be taking place in Victoria. The awards recognize excellence in the delivery of seniors’ care in both home care and residential care, in promoting and supporting workplace safety, and as well to acknowledge longstanding leadership in the seniors’ care sector.

The proclamation can be viewed here .

Food & Drink Publications

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." - George Bernard Shaw

2018 Annual CSNM Conference in Moncton NB

Thinking about attending the 2018 CSNM Conference? Next year's three day event is set to take place in Moncton, New Brunswick. Stay tuned for updates. 

Details to Come!

Culinary Arts Program at University of the Fraser Valley

Starting in August! 

The UFV's Culinary Arts Program trains aspiring cooks to work in all styles of kitchens from small family-style restaurants to large multinational hotels and health care institutions. The program is 39 weeks from August until May.  When graduated, you'll be a second year apprentice having completed your PC 1 and be front loaded with the written and practical exams for PC 2.

Granville Island Market Tours

A Foodie Highlight Featuring the Best of Granville Island!

Weave expertly through the busy Public Market, skipping the line at the best food shops and artisans to taste over 20 signature Canadian food cultures.

Tours are 2 hours, 10:30am - 12:30pm, running daily in the summer, and Thursdays-Sundays between September 19 and May 20. All food and drink tastings are included!

Canada Food & Beverage Tradeshows

Stay up to date with food and beverage trade shows in Canada!

From Retailers to Manufacturers and Suppliers, there is always a conference or trade show happening somewhere!



Our annual education day will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Power to Change in Langley. This is an excellent event and an opportunity to earn your extra CE points. The day will start at 0730 for breakfast and continue until 3:30pm.

Featured Speakers:  Terri Dowton from the Employers' Advisers Office and Daniel Fontane from the BC Care Providers Association

Certificates will be handed out to go towards your OH & S Learning, the Fraser Health Licensing Dietician discussing menu planning and the Residential Care Regulations of BC.

Download Registration Form

OCTOBER PICNet Webber Teleclasses

Conference Line: 1-877-385-4099    Pass Code: 7188720#   Slides posted 1-2 days before tele class.

October 5th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Infection Control Guidelines that did not work against Ebola.

October 12th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Strengthening IPAC Structures through education in Low-income or Middle-income Countries (Speaking: Prof. Shaheen Mehtar, Infection Control Africa Network, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town.)

October 16th, 2017, 3:30pm PST: Hand Hygiene Program Success in Member Countries of INICC (Speaking: Dr. Victor Rosenthal, Founder & Chair International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Broadcast live from the 2017 Infection Prevention and Control Nurses College of New Zealand conference)

October 26th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Infection Control in Paramedic Services (Speaking: Jennifer Amyotte, City of Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services, Canada)

NOVEMBER: Cleaning the Grey Zones of Hospitals: Lessons from a community-based teaching hospital. November 9th, 10:30am PST, Prof. Makeda Semret, McGill University.

Slides posted 1-2 days in advance




The  HFS FoodCare Healthcare Foodservice Innovation will take place at Menno Place, 32945 MARSHALL ROAD, Abbotsford on October 18th, 2017.  This Fall event is "Healthcare Foodservice as a Catalyst for Comfort, Healing and Recovery."  Learn and discuss how food can go beyond nutrition and address specific health issues.


10:30am  Welcome, Foodcare Intro - Brad McKay

10:40am  Healing Foods Presentation - Clodie Gravel

11:20 am  Break

11:35 am  Functional Foods Presentation - Rob Kowal

12:15pm  Lunch

1:00pm  Ideation Session 1

1:45pm  Break

2:00pm  Ideation Session 2

2:45pm  Wrap Up - Brad McKay

Laura Milliard at 613.834.3360 or toll free 1.800.571.8824 or email her at


JUNE 14-16, 2017
Courtyard Marriott, Ottawa, Ontario
Follow your peers from across Canada for networking opportunities and professional growth, while we celebrate Canada's 150th.

Learn More

Annual CSNM Conference 2017!

The Annual CSNM Conference was held in Ottawa, June 14-16 and members of the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management is there to celebrate with Peers and mark Canada's 150th!


Concord National 7th Annual Ideation

JUNE 13-14, 2017

12:00pm - 4:00pm both days
Pacific Coliseum, Main entrance off of 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver, Pacific Room
To attend, RSVP to Penny Eastham at before June 3.

PSNM Annual General Meeting - April 28, 2017

Join your colleagues and industry leaders at the upcoming PSNM AGM on April 28th in Langley.  Earn CE points to attend! Featured Guest Speakers, Lunch Vendors' Showcase, news and updates.

The AGM Day Outline:

07:30 – 0825:  Breakfast Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles
Menu: Eggs Benny Bar for Breakfast with choice of Back Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Veggies and Fresh Fruit Salad, New Sunsational Express line of juices, Coffee/Tea and Specialty Hot Drinks

08:30 – 10:00  PSNM AGM
10:00 – 11:00 Fraser Health Licensing Dietician Suvarna Rao
11:00 – 12:15 BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine
12:15 – 1:15   Lunch Vendor Showcase Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles

MENU: Lobster Ravioli, Braised Beef Ravioli, Portobello & Spinach Ravioli & a variety of sauces

Firehouse Chili with Minors Ancho & Chipotle Flavor Concentrates, Lasagna, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Baked French Fry & Flavored Gravy Bar, San Pelligrino/Perrier, Nestle and Hagen Daz Ice Cream & Chocolate

1:15 – 1:30:     Coffee Break
1:30 – 3:30:     The Employers Advisors Office Terry Dowton

CE Points Earned from our AGM

  • Competency #6 Human Resources
  • Competency #4 Clinical Nutrition
  • Competency #7 Finance
  • Competency #1 Professionalism
  • Competency #3 Nutrition & Healthy Living