WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter

MAY 2021

New WorkBC Explained Video: Wage Subsidy for Job Seekers

Boost your employability now with the WorkBC Wage Subsidy! The Wage Subsidy is for job seekers who are looking to amplify their job search, gain more experience, and land a paid job.

It is a free service that provides funding to eligible local employers to cover a portion of employee wages. WorkBC will partially cover the costs to train and hire you on the job, enabling employers to save money. For eligible job seekers, this means that the Wage Subsidy can help set you apart from the competition and increase your chances of getting hired.

Ask your Employment Specialist for a Wage Subsidy Marketing Letter, which you can show to employers to let them know about this exciting initiative that can benefit them AND you as a prospective employee.

Check out this new 3-minute video to learn more about how Wage Subsidy can work for you:

Get a Job! Podcast: "Graduated Post-Secondary – What Now?"

If you've recently completed your post-secondary education and are wondering what's next, this latest episode is for you! The period after graduation can be full of uncertainty and stress as you try to navigate your next steps towards employment in "the real world." In this episode, we chat with:

  • Abraham Asrat, Manager of Employer and Alumni Engagement at UBC
  • Deanne Esdale, Communications Lead & Career Education Specialist at SFU
  • Rosie Forth, Job Developer & Coordinator at Drive Youth Employment Services
  • Marcus Tang, Youth Case Manager at WorkBC Centre North Vancouver

Our experts share their advice for new grads kickstarting their careers and discuss how important it is to normalize uncertainty, what kinds of resources are out there, how you can stay connected during COVID-19, and more.

Click here to listen to this episode of the podcast.

Map out your journey, reach your career goals with tools from Visual Goal Setting workshop

"Zehra provided an informative and engaging Visual Goal Setting webinar. The content was very useful. I appreciated the diversity of tips and best practices, as well as the self-reflective exercises. It also brought to light potential beliefs that may be holding me back in my job search.

The content gets to the emotional, interpersonal, intangible elements of the job search journey, unlike all other Work BC workshops, which address tangible elements like cover letters, resumes and branding/marketing strategies.Subsequently, the Visual Goal-Setting webinar should be CORE for any jobseeker client."

–WorkBC Midtown client via anonymous post-workshop survey


Feeling lost, uninspired or frustrated on your career journey? Need help defining your career path and goals? WorkBC Midtown's new Visual Goal Setting workshop is for you! This 3-hour virtual workshop is designed to help you:

  • Learn how to create and design an organized, simple and tangible visual map that communicates a clear vision of your career goals
  • Utilize the 3-step method to visual goal setting that will help you to clarify, set and manage concrete actionable steps
  • Build greater motivation, confidence and feel more empowered in your job search process

The next Visual Goal Setting workshop will be offered on May 20th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to view the Calendar and register via the Client Hub.

Please note: a Client Hub login is required to register for workshops. Please contact your Employment Specialist if you do not have a Hub login.

Life skills workshops begin this month, registration now open for June group

Through an ongoing partnership with Adler University, WorkBC clients can access Life Skills coaching and workshops, which are being offered via Zoom. In addition to the Emotion Regulation Workshop starting May 7th and the Social Skills Group starting May 21st, the following workshop will be offered in June:

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group (Starting June 1st) – Are you currently facing stressful situations or relationships? Are you interested in learning skills to better manage your emotions? Join us for an online skills group to learn practical skills that can be introduced to improve the quality of one’s life.This valuable workshop will cover a range of topics, including Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.

To register now, please contact your Employment Specialist or Vocational Counselor.

May Workshop Schedule

The calendar can now be viewed via the Client Hub! If you have a Hub login, you can also RSVP (register) directly for workshops:

WorkBC Midtown Client Hub – Workshop Calendar



3 May 2021 | 11 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 5 PM
       4 May 2021 |  2 PM to 6 PM
       Event Location | 
153 – 12757 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC

UNFI Canada, distributor of natural, organic and specialty food products, is inviting you to their job fair, which will take place over 2 days in their Richmond location (in-person with COVID-19 measures in place; please wear a mask upon arrival). They are seeking Warehouse Associates (Night Shift) with a starting wage of $19/hour (plus a wage increase every 6 months), training and in-house certification provided, and a benefits package after 3 months, among other incentives. 

Click here to view the event poster.


3-6 May 2021

The Small Business BC Awards are the largest awards dedicated to small business in Western Canada. Join this year's Awards Week across four days to celebrate the resiliency and hard work of the entrepreneurs making a difference around British Columbia. Tickets for the 18th Annual SBBC Awards are free, and a single registration secures your place for the entire multi-day event. All you need to do is register once and you’ll be emailed a link to access the day’s activities.

Click here to register.


4 May 2021 | 1 PM to 2 PM

Join this online information session and hiring event featuring recruiters from Five Star Building Services. You will be able to speak to the recruiters and learn about the company and jobs in the building services industry. Have your resume ready and apply for a position! The company is hiring for a number of positions including: Area Managers, Supervisors, Pressure Washing Technician, Special Projects Technicians, Caretakers/Building Managers., and Part-time & Full-time Cleaners.

Click here to register.


5 May 2021 | 11 AM

With over 40 years of dedicated service, Para Space Landscaping is proud to be an award-winning leader in the Canadian Landscape Industry looking to hire in the Landscaping positions. Potential candidates must enjoy being active and working hands-on. Driver License is a requirement for these roles. Positions available: Landscaper, Experienced Landscaper, Landscape Maintenance Supervisor, Landscape Construction Supervisor, and Irrigation Service Technician.

Click here to register.


7 May 2021 | 11 AM to 12 PM

NTT Data is hiring now for Desk Service Agents and SharePoint Solution Architects, as well as limited openings in Account Service, Sales, Payroll and Admin. Register and join us on May 7th to learn more about the company and the roles available. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration

Click here to register.


11 May 2021 | 11 AM to 12 PM

Join us for a virtual hiring fair with Sysco, a global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers around the world. The company is now hiring Warehouse Workers and Delivery Associates. This event is for job seekers residing in the Lower Mainland.

Click here to register.


14 May 2021 | 11 AM

WorkBC (Whalley) is proud to present this exciting Virtual Hiring Fair in collaboration with Amazon, PNP Pharmaceuticals and Merlin Plastics. Amazon is hiring for Warehouse Associate, while PNP Pharmaceuticals is seeking Packaging Machine Operator, Dispenser/ Blender Operator, Warehouse Personnel, Maintenance Mechanic II, and QA/ QC Inspector. For Merlin Plastics, available positions include General Labourer and Warehouse Cleaner.

Click here to register.


18 May 2021 | 10 AM to 3 PM

MOSAIC's 9th Annual Job Fair is going virtual! Join us on Tuesday, May 18th, for one of Vancouver’s most anticipated annual employment events. In just one year, the event has connected 3,000 job seekers and 70+ employers. Register today if you are a qualified professional, a skilled worker, or an entry-level individual to find your next job!

Click here to register.


18 May 2021 | 2 PM to 6 PM

CPAs and future CPAs are invited to explore current and future career opportunities available in accounting and finance with local organizations virtually. Join us on May 18th to connect with organizations that provide effective working and training environments for CPA professionals. If you are interested in expanding your network and meeting employer representatives from government, public practice, and industry, RSVP for CPABC’s Employer Showcase today!

Click here to register.


27 May 2021 | 2 PM to 3:30 PM

Youth employment centre Career Zone is presenting this free virtual info session with Amazon, who are currently hiring for a range of roles at their Fulfillment Centres in Metro Vancouver. At this event, you'll learn about: job opportunities in Amazon Fulfillment Centres in the Greater Vancouver Area; free shuttle service to Tsawwassen, South Surrey, and Langley locations; the hiring process and application link; and Amazon's response to COVID-19. Opportunities are also open to open work permit holders and international students.

Click here to register.


WarehouseAbilities – Training for Persons with Disabilities

Back in Motion has partnered with Universal Learning Institute to provide an 11-week training program designed to address employment barriers faced by Persons with Disabilities. The WarehouseAbilities skills training and supports prepare individuals for sustainable employment in the high-demand warehousing sector.

The first cohort begins on May 10th. Click here for more information.

Dental Assistance Training

This fast track program will prepare and enable participants to write the exam to become certified Dental Assistants. Participants will receive 200 hours of clinical experience and 160 hours of practicum placement. The program is offered by PICS and Western Community College, which is the only campus in BC with an on-site dental clinic.

Classes begin on May 17th. Click here for more info and to register online.

CyberSecure Training for Immigrants

Back in Motion has partnered with ReTrain Canada to provide a 17-week full-time training program designed to address employment barriers faced by Immigrants. CyberSecure’s skills training and supports prepare Immigrants for sustainable, high wage employment opportunities in the growing cybersecurity sector.

The first cohort starts on May 17th. Click here for more information.

Fast Track to Infrastructure Construction (F2IC)

Become a future builder as an Infrastructure Construction Craft Worker. Gain skills to work on large scale city infrastructure projects like provincial bridges and highways, city subways and more. This free program can help you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience you need to work in a variety of industrial settings, such as pipelines, utilities, shipyards, and mining.

The first cohort is from May 17th to July 19th. Click here for more information and to apply online.

Industrial Sewing Training Program

In this free 17-week program, participants will learn industrial sewing techniques, essential and employability skills, and gain work experience. This course is designed to prepare participants to be employment ready as an Industrial Sewing Machine Operator in the rapidly-growing BC apparel and soft accessories industry. No previous experience required as all necessary training will be provided.

The program starts on May 31st. Click here for more information.

Care Pathways

Care Pathways is a free program that provides visible minority newcomer women with a pathway to a career in the Senior Health Care sector.This program will provide training and support to succeed in entry-level jobs in senior care, including support workers and dietary aides.

Registration is ongoing for the next cohort, which begins in June. Click here for more information and to apply online.


Note: The photo above was taken prior to COVID-19.

Since opening its doors in the Lower Mainland in 2016, Comfort Keepers Vancouver has been providing quality home care to seniors and other individuals who need assistance with the activities of daily living. "Our mission is to deliver high quality in-home care services that enable seniors and other clients to enjoy the highest level of independence and quality of life achievable," said Heather Martin, Owner of Comfort Keepers Vancouver. "We care for each client with the respect and dignity we would provide a member of our own family."

As one of the most established home care agencies in the city, Comfort Keepers provides personalized care that complements the unique situation of each client. "Every person has different needs, routines, and preferences," said Martin. "Our goal is to create customized plans that adequately address the specific care needs of each client."

The company’s name – "Comfort Keepers" – is a reference to the compassionate and highly professional caregivers who assist with numerous daily routines, including light homemaking, cooking, bathing, medication management, mobility and errands. "If you have a caring spirit and like to take an active role in helping others, you possess the characteristics essential to being a 'Comfort Keeper,'" said Martin.

As the demand for home care services continues to grow, Comfort Keepers is seeking personal care aides, housekeepers and companions to join their team. "We are on the lookout for dedicated individuals who have a heart for helping others and want to make a genuine difference in their community," said Martin. Along with competitive wages, Comfort Keepers offers flexible schedules, continual training, and extended health benefits. The company also adheres to strict COVID-19 measures to protect its staff and clients.

While Martin admits that working in health care has its challenges, she shares a sentiment expressed by many in the industry: "You do come home at the end of the day tired, but the joy and satisfaction you get from knowing that you made someone’s life better far outweighs all of that."

Interested in a career in health care? Click here to learn more about opportunities with Comfort Keepers.


Daniel's story:
"All the support I received from WorkBC was more than I could have ever hoped to get"

Before coming to WorkBC, I was unemployed for a year. Before that, I had been working in kitchens in multiple countries since I was 16 years old. I was having mini seizures that were causing me to fall over and lose my balance due to epilepsy. I initially became unemployed after I broke my wrist at work and required multiple stitches at my previous job.

I was told I could not return to work without a medical note stating that I was able and fit to be employed in a kitchen again. After all my medical tests were concluded, I was informed by my doctor that I would be unable to return to the kitchen or do any trade job for the rest of my life. This led to unemployment and going back to school (BCIT).

My main challenges were my lack of experience, moving from working in a kitchen to the Administration field. I needed to go into training at BCIT to learn a completely new skill set. Once I graduated and went out to find a job to finish my practicum, I ran into the problem of the lack of jobs due to COVID-19. Even when I finished my training, I still had a barrier: I had the proper training to do the job, but I had no experience in an office. This slowed me down when it came to finding employment.

This led me to WorkBC. My WorkBC Case Manager, Alanna, was able to get me into Occupational Skills Training that came with full tuition and living supports. I was also signed up to multiple workshops to improve my resume skills and help me decide on what type of job I was looking for. Without all these supports, I feel that I would have fallen into an industry that would have given me little room for improvement.

Since November, I have been working for the YWCA. I got hired as an Administrative Assistant with the help and support of my Case Manager. She helped me find the job and prepare for my interviews. Without her amazing efforts, I believe I would be unemployed right now. All the support I received from WorkBC was more than I could have ever hoped to get. I know everything I have now is because of my Case Manager and WorkBC.

Daniel, WorkBC Midtown West client


Fulfilment Team Member
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Delivery Agent/Letter Carrier
Canada Post
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ERP Business Analyst
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Building Electrical Technologist
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Customer Experience Associate/Cashier
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ECE (Early Childhood Educators) Casual and Substitute Staff
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
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General Labourer  Production Support (7 AM to 3 PM Shift)
Jukebox Print
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Marketplace Coordinator
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)
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Accounts Receivable Clerk
Vancouver Native Housing Society
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Multiple positions available (Production and Assembly)
F.A.S.T. Limited
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These are just a few of the jobs in our jobs database, which is continuously being updated. For more job postings, make sure to get signed up to the Client Hub.

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