WorkBC Centre - Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter


Holiday hours at WorkBC Midtown

Our Centres will be closed on December 25th (Christmas Day), December 28th (in lieu of Boxing Day), and January 1st (New Years Day). Follow our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) for the latest updates on hours, programs and more. Both locations will maintain its extended business hours as listed below:

Midtown East

Monday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weekends/Stat Holidays – Closed

Midtown West

Monday, Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends/Stat Holidays – Closed

Update: Wage Subsidy now open to all clients

The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program covers a portion of employee wages so employers can hire job seekers and provide work opportunities. Employers can save a minimum of $7200 with this opportunity, which makes them more likely to hire you! Even more savings are available for youth (age 18-30) and individuals with disabilities.

How It Works: During the first 24 weeks of employment, WorkBC will pay back up to 50% of your salary to your new employer. This saves the employer money, making them more likely to hire you and provide any necessary on-the-job training.

Have an employer interested in hiring you? Invite them to visit workbcwagesubsidy.ca and select "Apply with their identified employee."

Want to use the wage subsidy to promote yourself to an employer? Speak with your Employment Specialist to get a Wage Subsidy Marketing Letter.

New Podcast Episode: Finding Work as a Newcomer to BC

Don't miss the latest episode of Get A Job!, WorkBC Centres' new podcast to help inform and inspire job seekers in and around the Vancouver area. In this episode, we delve into valuable "Tips & Myths for Finding Work as an Immigrant/Newcomer to BC." Starting your job search as a newcomer can be tough, and there are so many myths out there about how to find work when you've recently arrived.

We chat to representatives from the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, MOSAIC and WorkBC to dispel some of these myths, and provide a 360 degree insight (from a potential employers' perspective, settlement service providers' perspective, and employment services providers' perspective) into how to approach your job search.

Click here to listen to the latest episode. 

Registration now open for LEADS program

WorkBC LEADS offers free, specialized employment services for survivors of violence and abuse (including workplace bullying/harassment).

LEADS is a 12-week program that combines employment workshops from a resilience-informed perspective and one-to-one coaching sessions for enhanced wellness, strengthened confidence and increased employability.

The next intake begins on January 12, 2021. Registration is now open. Please contact Erin Grace by email or call 604-908-1227 to register. Click here for more information.

December Workshop Schedule

WorkBC Midtown East - Workshop Calendar

WorkBC Midtown West - Workshop Calendar


Please note that we are not offering group workshops in the last two weeks of the month, but Employment Facilitators are available for 1-on-1 appointments.



8 Dec 2020 | 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Come and join us for this virtual hiring fair with ICBC. Mandy Causer, Manager of Recruitment Services, and Maggie MacLean, Recruitment Specialist, from ICBC will talk about current job openings, hiring process and benefits. Current openings include: Claims Support Assistant, HR Personnel Assistant, Customer Contact Representative, and Call Centre Representatives.

Click here to register.


8 Dec 2020 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Don't miss this online hiring event with CIBC! The company is seeking Credit Counsellors for their downtown Vancouver location. This event will include an info session, a Q&A, and breakout rooms. Join CIBC's Contact Centre team as a Credit Counsellor and make a real difference for clients.

Click here to register.


9 Dec 2020 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Searching for your next role? Learn about Canada Revenue Agency's open positions at this hiring event! They're hiring Call Centre Agents and at this event, you'll get the chance to learn about the role, organization, hiring process, pay, benefits and more. Register now! You will be emailed Zoom details the evening prior to the event.

Click here to register.


10 Dec 2020 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

WorkBC Midtown West is excited to host this free workshop, which will cover online job applications, virtual networking, and using LinkedIn to build your network, as well as tips for attending virtual job fairs and video interviews. Q&A session to follow.This workshop will be facilitated by Lindsay Nielsen, Lead Facilitator/Career Advisor at WorkBC Centre Midtown West. Register now and receive details for joining the webinar.

Click here to register.


15 Dec 2020 | 1 PM to 2 PM

Amazon is now hiring warehouse members at all their locations in the Lower Mainland. Check out the benefits of joining the Amazon team! Full-time steady employment is available at the Delta and Tsawwassen locations with extended benefits packages starting from your first day on the job (Tsawwassen location). Career growth and tuition support programs are available. Free shuttle service available from Scott Road to Tsawwassen location. All you need is a high school or equivalent diploma - no experience required.

Click here to register.


BC Reskilling Program

The BC Reskilling program is designed to help unemployed, underemployed and transitioning workers by providing rapid reskilling for careers in the technology industry.

It will provide the entry-level knowledge required for high-demand roles in the technology sector. The two courses being offered (Web Development and User Experience Design) are free programs so long as applicants meet the eligibility requirements. 

Click here for more information.

Dental Receptionist Certificate Program

This full-time program consists of 3 weeks of essential and employability skills, 10 weeks of occupational skills, 3 weeks of on-the-job work experience, and 2 weeks of employment support to prepare participants to work as dental receptionists. The first intake begins on January 4, 2021.

Training will take place at Discovery Community College (10040 King George Blvd, Surrey) with virtual options for some project components. Work experience will occur at various locations in the Surrey area.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, and to register, please contact your Employment Specialist.


It has been a challenging time for many families, especially for single mothers and their children who live in housing communities and participate in programs like the YWCA's programs for families in need. This holiday season, the WorkBC Midtown team is excited and honoured to be sponsoring a single-parent family in the community through the YWCA Presents of Peace initiative. The program enables sponsors to shop for items on a family's wishlist and donate Christmas hampers of food, clothing, toys, and grocery gift cards to the families in need. 

Click here to learn more about the Presents of Peace program.




Comfort's story:
"I learned a lot and it helped me return to the business world"

Photo caption: Comfort takes a photo in her store, which sells specialty goods from Africa, located on 3543 Kingsway. After completing the LEADS program, she has returned to running her own business.

I am originally from Ghana and have been in Canada for 20 years. I opened my first business called Connie’s African Market, where I sold speciality items from Africa (food, spices, hair products, jewelry, decorations, fabric, traditional clothing) from 2004 to 2016. I was forced to sell it because I had to go back home to care for my mother. When I returned to Canada, it was very challenging not to have the store. Things got hard at home, and I moved to the YWCA Kate Booth transition house. My worker there told me about WorkBC and suggested I join the LEADS program, where I could be with people who have similar experiences to mine and get support. 

When you are abused, you are always saying to yourself that you are worth nothing. Sometimes it's even hard to go out and meet people because you think you are nothing. It was challenging for me to start the program, but I looked forward to the idea of support and community. I was nervous because I felt my English level was not very good; I was most worried about my reading skills. I always had to depend on others and I did not like this. The facilitator told me that the program was very interactive and encouraged me to join.

Through LEADS, I learned you have to have boundaries. I learned how to set them and have people in my life acknowledge my decisions and respect them. People now respect what I say, and listen to what’s okay for me and what's not. I have incorporated this new skill in my life and business, which is really helpful. If you let people know where you stand and stand firmly, people may not come back to you but will respect you.

When I joined the LEADS group, I wasn’t even thinking of getting my business back. During the program, I decided to go back to the business I had before. It was scary, but the program helped me to find my way, meet people, network and come up with a plan. I learned how to ask for what I needed and let people know who I am. I was able to find a similar African store on 3543 Kingsway and negotiated with them; now I have the store.

Through LEADS, I was also connected to the Adult Literacy Program at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and have been working with a tutor ever since. I am happy to say my reading is much improved, and I feel confident!

WorkBC’s financial support also helped me to get over the lowest points during that dark time by providing me with essential things, such as gas cards to attend LEADS, food cards to put food on the table for my son, and a generous emergency support kit, including beddings, personal grooming items, and kitchen utensils. Last Christmas, my son and I were invited to a client appreciation event at the WorkBC office. We got to socialize and receive gifts for the holidays. It lifted our spirits and made us feel the sense of belonging.

Going to WorkBC and the LEADS program was life changing for me. I learned a lot, and it helped me return to the business world, which I really love. It was incredibly helpful to have that sense of community and to know I am not alone. I gained a huge amount of confidence and the tools to set boundaries, which has been really important in my life and business. If you feel broken and think you have no way out, I highly recommend you to reach out to WorkBC and the LEADS program.

Comfort, LEADS program / WorkBC client


Warehouse Workers (Package Handling)
Richmond, BC
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Haz Mat Technicians
Nucor Environmental Solutions
Surrey, BC
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(Other positions, i.e. Field Personnel, are also available with Nucor; Please contact your Employment Specialist for additional postings)

Customer Success Managers (Technical)
Traction on Demand
Vancouver, BC
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Senior Producers 
Hyper Hippo
Vancouver, BC - Remote
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(Other positions, i.e. UI/UX Designer and Unity UI Implementor, are also available; Please contact your Employment Specialist for additional postings)


Production Mixing Operators (AM Shift)
Richmond, BC
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Multiple positions available
Family Services of Greater Vancouver 
Vancouver, BC
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Early Childhood Educator
Developmental Disabilities Association
Vancouver General Hospital - Vancouver, BC
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Brand Associate
Banana Republic
Robson or Pacific Centre - Vancouver, BC
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For more job postings or to apply for any of the above positions, please contact your Employment Specialist directly.

Vancouver Midtown East WorkBC Centre
110 East 3rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8

Vancouver Midtown West WorkBC Centre
300-2150 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 4L9