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Immigration and Settlement

This guide is for people who need information about immigrating to Canada, for themselves, or for family members or friends.

Finding a Job

job seekers         

This page is for newcomers to Canada who are looking for a job in British Columbia.



Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre

Vancouver Public Library provides information  to skilled immigrants who qualified in a trade or profession in their home country and would like to find the same type of work in BC.  The InfoCentre has produced guides for over 70 trades and professions that contain information about professional associations, employment outlook, upgrading information, and much more. We also have resources to explore other careers.

The Library also offers 1.5 hour free, drop-in Career and Job Search Tours that can assist you with your path to employment, and 1.5 hour free, drop-in Small Business Tours.

If you are a newcomer and are interested in researching career options, you may want to attend the Career Explorer program.

New to BC:  Employment Services for Vancouver

Lists programs to help you find a job.  You can also search for services in other cities in Metro Vancouver.

WorkBC Employment Services Centres

Services available to everyone include:

  • Resource Center with computers, fax and copiers.
  • Resource person to help with cover letters & resumes – first come first serve.

Services for citizens and Permanent Residents can include training and financial support.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants connects immigrants to jobs in B.C. Career Paths is a practical and unique program customized to participant needs. You can get help to build an action plan, get your credentials assessed and receive financial support to help you upgrade.

In Greater Vancouver the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program is offered by:

Abbotsford Community Services ISS of BC
Back in Motion Mosaic
Douglas College North Shore Multicultural Society

BC JobConnect

Brings together immigrants ready to work with employers looking for workers

BC Settlement & Integration Services (BCSIS)

Provides employment assistance for temporary residents, refugee claimants and international students.

Active Career Advancement Project

Program for immigrants who have been in Canada for more than 5 years and are seeking alternative careers relevant to the trained professions.

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival

Free online courses you can take before you come to Canada to help you find a job when you arrive.

Immigrant Services in Your Area

Includes maps showing organizations in each province that will help newcomers find a job.

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