Eligible job seekers can find support through a WorkBC Centre.
In some cases, financial supports are available. Learn more about what financial supports you may qualify for online or in person at your local WorkBC Centre.
If you are interested in Apprentice services, please access WorkBC Apprentice Services here.
Am I eligible for Employment Services?
To be eligible for Employment Services you must be unemployed or precariously employed and legally allowed to work in British Columbia.
You are considered unemployed if you:
- do not have a job or are not self-employed;
- are not attached to an employer (i.e. is not on leave, either paid or unpaid);
- are working an average of fewer than twenty (20) hours per week and looking for full-time employment;
- have received a lay-off notice;
- have to leave your job for medical reasons;
- are a person with a disability and:
- at significant risk of losing your job because of a disability;
- working more than 20 hours per week and want to work more hours; or
- are a student in your last year of high school or post-secondary school;
- are between 16 and 30 years old and:
- are a student with a disability; or
- are currently, or have been in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or Delegated Aboriginal Agencies
- in your final year of high school or post-secondary education;
- of legal school leaving age in the Province of BC; and
- transitioning from the school system to the labour market.
You may be considered precariously employed
if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
- employed or self-employed in work that is unstable or unlikely to continue long term, consisting of:
that does not provide sufficient earnings to support you or your family;
- irregular hours of work, such as casual or on-call work; or
- unreliable pay, such as piece-work or commission
- working, but your total employment/self-employment income is below the poverty line for your community;
- working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future;
- working in an occupation or profession that is clearly lower than your qualifications or skills with no upcoming prospects for advancement; or
- working, but may have just cause for leaving your employment.
If you are a person with a disability and need help to keep your job, your WorkBC Centre can help you (click here
for more information for People with Disabilities).
Assistive Technology or Employment-Related Disability Supports are available to eligible clients to reduce or remove the impact of disability-related employment barriers. Contact these supports to find out how.
What WorkBC Employment Services offers:
- personal employment planning
- group or individual workshops
- job search services
- skills enhancement services such as academic upgrading and training
- customized employment and work experience placement services for clients with significant barriers to employment
- self-employment services
- funding supports for expenses such as:
- dependent care
- transportation to help you get to job interviews or training
- essential work clothing, tools, supplies or equipment.
Your WorkBC Centre will help you identify what personal supports and services you are eligible to receive and meet your needs.
How do I get started?
You can create an account online today, click here
You can visit a WorkBC Centre directly – find your local WorkBC Centre.