New to B.C.

If you are new to British Columbia, you can find information and supports for newcomers at WelcomeBC. These services for immigrants and newcomers can help you become part of B.C. society and succeed in the B.C. job market.

Use the resources on these pages to learn about B.C. and find employment.

Topics on this page
Topics on this page

WelcomeBC

WelcomeBC helps newcomers adapt to work and life in British Columbia. You will find a wealth of information:

  • Take your first steps toward a life in B.C. Find everything from information about the immigration process to advice on applying for government services.
  • Learn about B.C., its economy, labour market, regions and communities.
  • Get information on education and training. Find details on English language classes, post-secondary programs and trades-related training.
  • Pursue your career. Get advice on having your existing credentials recognized, applying your skills to the B.C. job market and starting your own business.

WorkBC Centres

WorkBC Centres help residents of British Columbia prepare for a career and find a job. At WorkBC Centres you can access job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more. Get started using online services or visit your WorkBC centre today.

Use our interactive map to find a WorkBC Centre in your area.

Other Services

British Columbia offers many valuable programs that can help you reach your employment goals:

  • Industry Training Authority – Discover programs to help newcomers on their path to well-paid careers in the trades.
  • Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program – Find out how to get a job that builds on your existing skills, training and experience.
  • UpgradeBC – Need to prepare for post-secondary training, education or certain types of employment? Use the tool to find a post-secondary institution or school near you that offers tuition-free upgrading courses.
  • B.C. Provincial Nominee Program – Speed up your application for permanent resident status if you are a qualified trained professional or skilled worker sponsored by a B.C. employer.

Success Stories

Find out what people say about starting their new career in British Columbia.

  • Claire – Find out how Claire took the steps she needed to get her professional qualifications recognized after moving from China.
  • Geraldine – Learn how Geraldine came to Canada under the skilled worker program and used her training to become an office manager.
  • Maria– See how Maria was able to quickly continue her career in dentistry once she immigrated to Canada.