Employment Services Eligibility

Am I Eligible?

You must be legally allowed to work in British Columbia and be unemployed or underemployed.

You are also eligible if you are employed or self-employed in a job that:

  • Is unlikely to continue long-term and has irregular hours of work (e.g., casual work, on-call work).
  • Has unreliable pay (e.g., piecework, commission) that does not provide enough income to support you or your family.

What Does Unemployed Mean?

  •  You do not have a job or are not self-employed.
  • You are not attached to an employer (i.e., you are not on paid or unpaid leave).
  • You are working an average of less than 20 hours per week and looking for full-time employment.
  • You have received a lay-off notice.
  • You must leave your job for medical reasons.

Persons with disabilities who are:

  • At significant risk of losing a job.
  • Working more than 20 hours per week and would like to work more hours to achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency.
  • A student in the last year of high school or post-secondary school.

Youth (16–30 years old) who are:

  • Finished high school or post-secondary school and not planning to return to school.
  • Of legal school leaving age in B.C.
  • Transitioning from the school system to the labour market.

What Does Underemployed Mean?

  • Your total income is below the poverty line for your community.
  • You are working in an industry or job that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future.
  • Your job is below your qualifications or skills with no hope for promotion.
  • You may need to leave your job for a justifiable reason.