Assistants come to L’Arche North Bay from around the world, and around the corner, so our community includes Canadians as well as people from many other countries. The key to life in L’Arche – for everyone – is being open to relationship. Assistants and core members (people with intellectual disabilities) create home together in households of six to eight people. Days are filled with ordinary tasks of daily living – meals, bathing, cleaning and household chores, laundry, shopping, accompanying people to the doctor or dentist – and regular community meetings and events. Home life is the cornerstone of L’Arche. The evening meal, birthdays, anniversaries and times of prayer are small but cherished celebrations that strengthen the bonds between people who live and work together.

Most people come with an initial commitment of one year. Assistants come with a broad range of backgrounds and qualifications. All new assistants participate in orientation and training. Compensation and benefits are provided. Please continue reading below for more details around becoming an assistant in our community or visit the  L’Arche Canada Recruitment Website to read more about applying to any Canadian L’Arche community.

live-in assistants

As part of a team of 4 to 5 people, House Assistants coordinate and participate in caring for the members of the home, ensuring adherence with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Guidelines and L’Arche North Bay’s policies and procedures.

Ideal community members possess the following:

  • warm and friendly nature
  • easy to work with
  • initiative
  • effective communication skills 
  • creative problem solving
  • strong team-oriented perspective

becoming a live-in assistant

Our recruitment for assistants interested in sharing life in one of our homes continues throughout the year. If you are a caring, compassionate person looking to make a difference and ready for a challenge, we invite you to contact us or apply! L’Arche continues to be a place of formation and growth for many people. Please continue reading to get a sense of our community and for information on how to apply.

interview process and training

You do not need to have previous experience or training to be successful in L’Arche. We require proven ability and aptitude to carry the responsibilities of a House Assistant before an offer of employment is given. We conduct an interview, a criminal reference-check with Vulnerable Sector Screening, personal reference-checks and coordinate a trial visit in one of our homes. All training is provided within 3 months of joining the community. You will learn: medication administration, personal care and hygiene, First Aid, CPR, Safe Management, etc.


Each year, we welcome assistants to join our community, usually for a one-year commitment. If you are a Canadian applicant, please complete the Assistant Application Form. If you are an International applicant, please complete the online application at L’Arche Canada Recruitment.


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