Employment supports for refugees is a list of resources for employers to meet their labour market needs while helping refugees gain skills and employment in BC.

BC Refugees JobConnect - an online tool designed to support connection between job-ready refugees and employers. This Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) project collects information on the skills, education and work experience of BC’s recently arrived refugees to create occupational profiles or online resumes. These profiles are then promoted out to BC employers via the BC Refugees Job Connect website and the employer networks of IEC-BC.

Work BC – committed to help British Columbians successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market

Work BC Employment Services Centres - There are 84 WorkBC Employment Services Centres across BC that provide a range of services.

Work BC Diversity Advantage - Specific supports for employers looking to hire immigrants and refugees are outlined below.  We kindly request your assistance in circulating this information to employers through your professional and community networks.

Community and Employer Partnership Program (CEP) - A few promising refugee-focused projects have recently received funding from CEP to research and develop innovative approaches, provide job training and address challenges related to refugee hiring. To further explore ways to address the specific employment needs of refugee youth/young adults and to test your project concepts, 

The Canada-BC Job Grant - The CJG assists eligible employers to offset the cost of training current and future employees up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee per fiscal year. View a PDF about this grant.

Canada-BC Fund - A comprehensive overview of refugee supports made available under the Canada-BC Fund administered by JTST.

Refugee Fund - The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is now accepting applications from eligible organizations acting on behalf of employers, under the Refugee Fund, for training with start dates between January 1 and March 31, 2017.

Refugee Fund Eligibility Criteria - A list of requirements for employers, participants, training providers, training programs for the Canada-BC Job Grant.

WelcomeBC Employer Resources - The WelcomeBC website provides employers with beneficial resources to share with employees who are new to BC.

IECBC – Onboarding Refugees - is a toolkit to assist employers in BC to more effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a diverse workforce that includes refugees.

Hiring Syrian Refugees - Provides information about what employers need to know.

Planning to work in Canada? - Canadian Government workbook for newcomers.

WorkSafeBC facts on workers rights in English and Arabic - One-page resource for workers in BC and employer responsibilities.

WorkSafeBC teleclaim - One-page wallet card in Arabic.

WorksafeBC confined space sign - Translated into Arabic.

Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Program- offers skilled individuals in their home countries the tools and knowledge needed to transfer into a successful career in the Canadian food and beverage industry.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) -  Immigrant Trades Training Program - ITA partners with Aboriginal and various other community service providers, training providers and industry partners to deliver entry level (pre-apprenticeship) trades programs.

Job carving- used by Campbell River’s North Island Employment Foundation Society - is generally applied as a creative or flexible employment strategy for people with disabilities, and in the short term could be successfully used to  support labour force integration of Syrian refugees.

TechStart - offers immigrants and refugees training and support to find entry-level work in Metro Vancouver’s tech sector.