Mainland/Southwest

Gateway

The Gateway program targets those in rural and remote communities. It provides short-term occupational certification training, Indigenous cultural components and work experience (with possible wage subsidies) in the participant’s community.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Room and board
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Langley

Contact:

Canadian Vocational Training Centre, email or 250-596-1575

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ACES - Survivors Employment Training

The ACES program provides incarcerated women about to re-enter society with certification training, Indigenous cultural supports, and work experience (with possible wage subsidies) for the hospitality, construction and retail industries. Training begins within the correctional facility prior to release.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Work gear
  • Food

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District
  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Abbotsford
  • Maple Ridge
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Contact:

John Howard Society of BC, email or 604-785-1260

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Fraser Valley Business Certificate Program, Employment and Supports

In this program, participants can receive eight certifications as they earn their Business Skills Certificate. Included are courses on parenting and personal development, Indigenous cultural components, work experience (with possible wage subsidies) and job placements.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Fraser Valley Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Chilliwack

Contact:

Chilliwack Community Services, email or 250-491-4287

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Hope, Empowerment, Adaptability and Learning (HEAL) for Work

The H.E.A.L. for Work program is tailored to those that are new to Canada. It offers language supports (primarily in Punjabi and Arabic), Kaizen training and work experience (with possible wage subsidies) in the manufacturing and horticulture industries. Where possible, participants are placed in jobs where they are able to use their first language.


Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation 
  • Lodging

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, email or 604-547-1274 

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Employment Readiness Program for Survivors of Violence and/or Abuse (EmPOW3r)

The EmPOW3r program provides participants with computer skills training, job shadowing/work experience, Indigenous cultural components, disability and language supports.
 

Financial supports may include:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Refreshments
  • Personal grooming

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Vancouver

Contact:

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, email or 604-254-5401 (249)

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Empowered for Employment – Skills for Today’s Workplace

The Empowered for Employment program provides occupational and short-term certificate training, practicum placements and direct marketing of participants to employers. 


Financial supports may include: 

  • Child care
  • Transportation 
  • Food

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Surrey

Contact:

Sources Community Resources Society or email

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Skills for Wellness and Work for Survivors of Violence and/or Abuse

This program includes computer skills training and short-term certification. Participants receive support from the internal Occupational and Clinical Therapist, Job Developer and Peer Support Worker.


Financial supports may include:

  • Refreshments
  • Disability supports
  • Work gear 
  • Training allowance

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Vancouver

Contact:

Gastown Vocational Services or 604-675-2535

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Survive to Thrive Employment Program

The Survive to Thrive program provides participants with skills training in the customer service industry, work experience, mentorship, legal support, Indigenous cultural components and a six-month access to fitness centres. 


Financial supports may include: 

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Transitional housing
  • Food

Regional Districts:

  • Metro Vancouver Regional District

Training Locations:

  • Coquitlam
  • Burnaby

Contact:

YWCA Metro Vancouver, email or 604-309-9692 

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