WorkBC Employment Services Centre
The WorkBC Employment Services Centre offers a variety of free, drop-in, self-serve tools to help you in your job search. Services include one-to-one case management, job search workshops, job development services, career assessment tools, job boards, and a computer and an internet lab. Our job search workshops are designed to provide you with the tools you need to find your first job in Canada.
If you are unsure how to navigate your employment options in Canada, book an appointment with one of our Settlement-Employment Workers. We will work with you to explore your options, help you understand the labour market, provide information about skills and education upgrading and accessing other employment services, and refer you to the services that best suit your needs.
Employment Program Details
Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants
If you are an immigrant professional with education, qualifications, skills and experience from your home country, this program can help you build on those assets and prepare you to return to your field of work in Canada. The program includes a series of unique workshops geared towards career development for professionals, networking and mentoring opportunities, site tours of local companies, financial support for skills enhancement, and a workplace practicum for eligible and qualified clients. Please see the flyer for more information and eligibility requirements.
If you are a skilled professional, our Employment Mentoring can connect you with professionals from a variety of fields including engineering, IT, finance, education, and trades to learn about working in these fields in Canada. We regularly hold information sessions, with guest speakers who are locally employed professionals. These mentors will share information about local professional sectors and can answer questions about working in Canada.
Career Focus for Professional Immigrant Women
This program provides specialized support for professional women and can help you return to your field of work in BC. We provide assistance in developing an action plan, understanding Canadian workplace culture and communication, creating effective job search tools, and understanding the different work options that are available for you. We also offer one-on-one support and group workshops on career exploration, job search strategies, and more.
Self Employment for Newcomers
This program, delivered in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, will help you through the process of starting your own business in Canada. With 10 weeks of group workshops, private advising with a business coach, and much more, this program will guide you step-by-step and help you become an entrepreneur or small business owner. Please see the flyer for more information and eligibility requirements.