WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter

June 2023

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

 Celebrate National Indigenous History Month and recognize the profound contributions of Indigenous communities throughout history.

Sam George Jr: Truth Comes Before Reconciliation

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

2023 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence Les George will be joined by his brother Sam to teach about Indian Residential Schools and the truth and learning that must come before reconciliation.

Sam George Jr is the first great grandson to Chief Dan and Amy George, first grandson to Les and Rose Marie Thomas, first Son to Sam Sr and late Wanda.

Learn more


Happy Pride Month!

Let us celebrate diversity, challenge, prejustice and continue to fight for a world, where everyone is treated with dignity and equality.

StrongerBC Future Skills Grant

The StrongerBC future skills grant is open to any British Columbian aged 19 years or older, regardless of financial need, and covers up to $3,500 per person for eligible short-term skills training at public post-secondary institutions.

From Kitchen to Market - Newcomer Women Food Business Launch: Register now!

Indulge your taste buds with a delightful array of Mexican, Egyptian, Syrian, Indian, and Colombian flavors and traditional dishes. Savour delicious food, enjoy some community spirit and live music, connect with fellow foodies, support newcomer women's food businesses, and hear from our Dream Cuisines Program alumni.

For more information and register here

Fully funded 16 weeks PBLMT program Construction: Register now!

For more information, please contact Shipra Sharma, Ph: 604.596.7722, ext. 615

or via Email: shipra.sharma@pics.bc.ca

Register for June workshops

Click here to view this month's workshop schedule via the Client Hub! Workshops are held virtually with a handful being held in person.

No Hub account yet? Please contact your Employment Specialist to create an account or to get registered for workshops.



Multiple events/dates available

Are you exploring careers or looking for a job? Check out these free workshops and events hosted by VPL's Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre, including Career and Job Search Tours, Canadian Workplace Culture and Communication, and more!

Click here to register.


MPNH Tech Café

Every Thursday starting June 1, 2023 |10:30 am - 12:30pm

Do you need help using your computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader, or have questions about using social media or the internet? Look no further than the MPNH Tech Café!For more information or to sign up for the Tech Café, please contact Lemuel Wong at lwong@mpnh.org or 236-756-0015.


Tri-Cities: Friday Beginners Conversation Circle

Multiple events/dates available | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us online for a free, virtual conversation circle led by ISSofBC’s volunteers.Meet new people and connect with your community in an entertaining, online class for English learners CLB 1, 2, 3. ISSofBC’s clients are eligible who are PR/Protected Persons.To register contact Lucy: 604-653-6592 or via email lucy.hardman@issbc.org

Click here to learn more.


Sports for Newcomers: Mixed Martial Art Class

Multiple events/dates available

Looking for a fun, engaging activity for your kids? Newcomer youth aged10–18 years old are invited to join us for free mixed martial art classes,hosted in partnership with Factory Fresh Jiu Jitsu and CommonwealthSport Canada’s SportWORKS. No equipment or uniform is required.

Click here to register.


The Affordable & Subsidized Housing in BC

June 10, 2023 | 11:00 Am to 1:30 pm

This workshop will provide information and resources: -What is Affordable/subsidized housing; -The different types of subsidized housing available in BC; - What are the eligibilities of the various housing program; - Who and how to apply; - Paper or Online application forms. To register, call or email: Huda Bolow 778-229-4371 huda.bolow@issbc.org

Click here to learn more.


Writing a Business Plan for Permanent Residents

June 10, 2023 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Are you a newcomer with Permanent Resident, Refugee, or CUAET status who is interested in starting a small business? Want some support for producing an effective business plan? This workshop explores some of the most valuable resources to help participants produce a compelling business plan and get one step closer to small business success!

Click here to register.


Towards Reconciliation: Start Your Learning Journey

 June 14, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Have you ever wondered where to start learning about Indigenous considerations in Vancouver? Join us for an introduction to land acknowledgements, Truth and Reconciliation, common terminology, recent changes like UNDRIP, art and architecture, and a few things you should know about the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Question and answer session included, and VPL staff will provide access to further learning resources.

Click here to learn more.


Peer Support Group for Ukrainian Women

Saturdays June 10 - July 15, 2023 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you a new immigrant woman interested in:-Learning about Canadian culture -Making new friend, -Sharing your experience; -Gathering information on services and resources?

Click here to learn more.


Refugee Readiness Food Justice and Sustainability Field Trips

 June 14, 2023 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join the South Fraser RRT for a field trip to A Rocha to learn about sustainable agriculture, participate in hands-on training in gardening and food preparation education and more!Language interpretation available upon request.To register, please email southfraserrrt@dcrs.ca.


Successful Careers in the Skilled Trades: Information Session

June 14, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Who is SkilledTradesBC and what do we do? The Demand for Skilled Trades people in BC; - How to become a Citified Trades person; - The two pathways to Certification; - Apprenticeship; - Challenging a Trade; - Support available for Women and Equity seeking groups in the trades; - Financial supports and benefits for trades people; - Find trades training seats; -Find employment for trades. Contact: Farzana Attaullah via farzana.attaullah@options.bc.ca or 604.954.0487


How to Gain Canadian Experience

June 21, 2023 | 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Join this in-person workshop to learn more about: -What Canadian experience means?-What BC and Canadian employers are looking for?- Routes to gain Canadian experience and soft skills. -Tips on getting experience for your job targets. -Available resources and services.

Click here to register.


Evening Film Screening: Indigenous Short Films

June 22, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with us at a short film screening event where Indigenous joy and knowledge exchange take centre stage. Enjoy a thoughtfully curated selection of short films from talented Indigenous filmmakers showcasing the power of storytelling, joy of tradition, and the resilience of Indigenous communities and cultures.

Click here to register.


Vancouver City Centre Job Fair

 June 23, 2023 | 12:00 am to 4:00 PM

WorkBC Vancouver City Centre is pleased to invite you to our in-person job fair on Friday, June 23rd from 12-4pm. Meet with hiring managers, network, discover new opportunities, and land your next job! Check back for the list of exhibitors!

Click here to learn more and register.


Richmond In-person Hiring Event

June 26, 2023 | 12:00 am to 4:00 PM

During this In-Person, exhibition-format hiring fair, job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with local employers to cultivate employment interests and establish connections. This event is FREE for all participants. Everyone is welcome to attend and gain something out of it. Employers are hiring for multiple Jobs throughout the Lower Mainland!

Click here to learn more and register.


FCR Health Sector Conference for International Skilled Newcomer Doctors and Nurses

 June 28, 2023 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Internationally Skilled Newcomer Doctors and Nurses will have the opportunity;-To Connect with BC Regulatory bodies;-To find Navigation Pathways information by Professional Advisor; -To Direct Mentorship Opportunities in their specific related areas; - Access to Financial Support (in case they are looking for any) through the FCR Loans Project by the Federal Government of Canada; -To professional Networks and Volunteering opportunities.

Click here to learn more and register.


Hiring Event: Start a Career with Amazon

June 28, 2023 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Amazon is currently hiring for various positions in Sidney, Pitt Meadow, Burnaby,Delta and Langley locations, including:Full-time Associate, Part-time Sortation Associate, Full-time & Part-time Delivery Station Associate, and more. Virtually meet the employer to learn: About Amazon.Job Duties and Requirements; - Job Application Process; - More Training and Salary, Benefit Details.

Click here to register.


Extreme Heat Preparedness: Take Action to Stay Safe This Summer

June 24, 2023 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join a live panel discussion for older adults (55+) and seniors. Family and friend caregivers are welcome too! You will gain information, resources, and practical tips to protect your health and your loved ones during extreme heat and wildfire smoke this summer.Hosted by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House with Dr. Michael Schwandt of Vancouver Coastal Health and Sarah Hunn of the City of Vancouver's Emergency Management Agency.

ASL sign language interpretation. Prize draws for cooling kits! Light refreshments served.

Click here to register.


WorkBC & Rentokil In-person Hiring Event 

 June 28, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Rentokil is hiring for a variety of roles. Attend this IN-PERSON Hiring event for a chance to land your next job opportunity! More information is coming. Stay tuned!


WorkBC Vancouver Midtown - FREE Information Session

June 30, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This is a great opportunity to learn more and ask any questions about WorkBC's FREE programs and services, which are all aimed to help you achieve your career goals.The event will be conducted online, so you can attend from the comfort of your home via your computer or mobile device.More information is coming. Stay tuned!



Essential Computer Skills for the Workplace (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Upon completing this training, participants will learn Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.This five-day online course is offered by DIVERSEcity’s Skills Training Centre. Learn general office administration and computer skills for the workplace using advanced computer applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). Eligibility: Please check with your case manager/ employment counselor.

Multiple dates available In June & July, 2023. Click here to learn more.

Pharmacy Assistant with Practicum training program Sprott Shaw college

Pharmacy assistants help licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients.Assistants usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labelling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Assistants refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.

Learn more: here

Agricultural Workforce Transition – Greenhouse Technician PBLMT

Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, this program provides 22 weeks of training, including 16 weeks of occupational skills training, 4 weeks of practicum with local employers, and 2 weeks of follow-up/employment support. Jobs in the Greenhouse sector are an in-demand occupation. Graduates of the program can work in nurseries, on farms, in greenhouses, at garden centers, and in landscaping in positions such as Nursery Worker, IPM Assistant, Harvester, and Grower’s Assistant.

The program's starting date is June 19, 2023. Registration and Inquires: contact Charlotte at 604-596-7722 ext. 601 or email at peat@pics.bc.ca

Automation & Digital Agriculture Specialist Program

Get ready for a high-paced, intensive upskilling program that combines theoretical learning with practical, hands-on experience. You’ll learn from industry experts in emerging technologies such as GIS, IoT, drones, AI, robotics, and big data.

Applications open on June 12, 2023. Click here to learn more.

NorthWest Skills Institute: Industrial Sewer training

Free career training course which includes Workplace Communication, Industrial Sewir techniques, Essential Skills and Job Readiness. The course is designed to prepare you fo an entry level position as an industrial sewer in the rapidly growing B.C. apparel and sof accessories industry.Do you Qualify? You must:-  Have PR status or Canadian Citizen, Have CLB level 4 English; - Be able to complete 8 weeks of full time classes; -Be Unemployed or Underemployed.

For registration information contact: Email: cormac@nwskills.org or call: 604-900-1980 (ext.122).

Crisis Response and Mental Health Worker

This program is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work as a crisis response & mental health worker in a variety of community settings. Graduates are prepared to work in areas such as community social service agencies, support services, group home settings, shelters, harm reduction and community enforcement.

The program's starting date is July 18, 2023.To register/ check your eligibility please contact your case manager. For more information, please call 604-930-9908 or email jennyfer.guzman@discoverycollege.ca / workshops@selfrise.ca.



Learning & Development Coordinator & Evaluation and Quality Specialist and more
Pacific Community Resources Society
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Cage Cashier, Security Officer and Incoming Professional Dealer
Parq Vancouver
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Maintenance assistant
Amica Arbutus Manor
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Mansory Village Construction
To apply email info@mvconstruction.ca

Customer Service Adjuster 
To apply email 
Joycelyn.Creed@icbc.com and katie.lupini@icbc.com

Administrative Coordinator
Evans Lake Forest Education Society
To apply email sshen@pcrs.ca or leadership@evanslake.com

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS)
To apply email Resumes@Irsss.ca 

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