WorkBC Centre - Vancouver Midtown
September 2020 Newsletter


Disability Employment Month

September is Disability Employment Month in British Columbia, a time to celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and to recognize the many inclusive employers throughout our province.

WorkBC is honoured to provide a wide range of free services and supports to individuals with disabilities at any point in their career journey. Click here to learn more, and stay tuned to our social media channels for events and initiatives throughout Disability Employment Month.

New podcast: Get A Job! 

Don't miss upcoming episodes of Get A Job!, our new podcast providing Vancouver-based jobseekers with relevant and up-to-date information on labour market trends, employment news in and around the city, inspiring success stories, and much more!

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Networking Workshop Update

We're pleased to offer a free and updated Networking workshop that will focus on both traditional networking and virtual networking to help you find and land your dream job! You will learn how to better market your most valuable assets and strengths, whether you're networking in person or online.


Please visit the links below (under "Workshop and Training Opportunities") to view this month's Workshop Calendar.

UBC Study: Resources and Well-Being During Career Transitions

You are invited to participate in a free study called “Resources and well-being during career transitions." The study aims to test the efficacy of an Internet intervention based on the game “SuperBetter” developed by Jane McGonigal.

"SuperBetter" allows individuals to reframe the job search process as a mission that they will achieve through the successful completion of meaningful “quests" (e.g. writing cover letters), development of battle plans to fight the obstacles they may encounter, and mobilisation of their internal resources and allies.

Click here to participate in the study and click here to access SuperBetter!

COVID-19 Protocols, Hours and Services

Please be reminded that due to safety considerations related to COVID-19, the Midtown East Work BC Centre will be open for in-person services on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Meanwhile, the Midtown West Work BC Centre will be open for in-person services on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

In-person services are for Case Managed Clients and are by appointment only, while our Resource Rooms will remain closed for drop-ins at this time.

Virtual services will continue to be offered during regular operating hours. Please contact us directly for services and for any questions or concerns.



1 Sept 2020 | 1 PM to 3 PM

Meet the team from White Jobs and Classic Life Care as they discuss all current openings in their various locations. Available positions in Whitejobs include Forklift Operators and Warehouse Associates. Available positions in Classic Life Care include Caregivers, Healthcare Assistants, Housekeepers and LPNs. 

Click here to register.


8 Sept 2020 | 2 PM to 3 PM

Join us for a special online webinar with Amazon. Amazon is currently hiring for two roles: Warehouse Fulfillment Associates and Sortation Associates for their Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, Tsawwassen locations. Support your community with a rewarding career!

Click here to register.


10 Sept 2020 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Hosted by Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), the Mega Job Fair has taken place for over 10 years and is a highly successful event in the Lower Mainland. Thousands of attendees and numerous exhibitors participate each year, making this day a productive and fun-filled experience for everyone who attends. This year, the event is going virtual, allowing job seekers to safely explore career options with employers such as retailers, restaurants, service providers, banks, credit unions, and crown corporations. The event further serves as a great opportunity to network and build connections.

Click here to register.


15 Sept 2020 | 10 AM to 12:30 PM

During this event, several employers within the manufacturing, warehouse, and production industries will present their current job opportunities, descriptions and company overviews. The event is free and open to all interested job seekers.

Click here to register.


16 Sept 2020 | 11 AM to 1 PM

CI Employment is urgently hiring for positions in construction, production, admin and accounting. Ingram Micro is seeking Distribution Center Associates and General Warehouse staff. Join us at this exciting online event to learn more about these roles and how to best get hired! 

Click here to register.


24 Sept 2020 | 11 AM to 12 PM

In celebration of Disability Employment Month, Career Zone is excited to present Incorporating Neurodiversity in Your Hiring Practices, a free presentation for business owners and HR professionals looking to diversify their hiring practices and learn how they can be inclusive of those who are on the autism spectrum. At this event, you'll learn about: what neurodiversity and autism are and what they are not, how to determine what jobs are suitable for autistic individuals, and autism-friendly processes to source, screen, onboard, and retain autistic individuals. The presentation will be delivered by Carol Simpson, the Founder and CEO of Focus Professional Services and the Executive Director of Orbital Learning.

Click here to register.


29 Sept 2020 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Don't miss the opportunity to meet with two different employers, Amazon and Food-X, and learn more about what positions are currently available in the Lower Mainland, including: Warehouse Associate, General Labourer, Forklift Operator, Manufacturing/Production Worker, Machine Operator, and more.

Click here to register.


September Workshops

Click the links below to access this month's Workshop Calendars. Please get in touch with your Employment Specialist to register:

WorkBC Midtown East - Workshop Calendar
WorkBC Midtown West - Workshop Calendar

Baristas Training Program

The Baristas Training Program has a few more open spaces for youth (aged 16-30) interested in receiving paid training (including five job certifications), employment coaching, life skills guidance, and gaining work experience.


The next cycle of the program begins on September 8th and runs until October 8th. The program will be delivered via Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 pm–4 pm.

Learn more and apply now


LEADS Employment Program

WorkBC LEADS is a 12-week group-based program for survivors of violence and/or abuse, combining employment workshops from a resilience-informed perspective, and one-to-one coaching sessions.

This program is divided into five pathways for enhanced wellness, confidence and employability. The next intake begins on September 28th. Please contact Erin Grace by email or call 604-908-1227 to learn more and register.

More info

Health Care Assistant Training Program

This program provides eligible participants with 4 weeks of employability and life skills training, 20 weeks of occupational skills training, and 8 weeks of on-the-job work experience with local health care providers. The goal is to prepare participants for employment as Health Care Assistants, Community Support Workers and Individual Support Workers in the West Vancouver and North Shore areas. 

The program starts September 28th. If you are interested, please contact your Employment Specialist for more details.


WorkBC Midtown client, Katayon Karimi, shares her story of overcoming challenges in her career journey.

Katayon's story: "I graduated and am now setting up a part-time business"

Click here to watch Katayon share her story

I worked for 10 months at a deli and enjoyed the work. After 7 months, the new manager changed the duties that involved heavy lifting. I tried to do this work for 3 months, but was unable to manage the physical demands and resigned.

I found out about WorkBC and learned they help people with employment for no fee. I received job search assistance, a referral to a Vocational Counsellor, career planning support, job development services, a resume and cover letter update, and financial supports.

WorkBC funded a short duration training for me: a 1-week intensive in Permanent Make-up Certificate. I graduated and am now setting up a part-time business. I will rent a space from a Vancouver salon and provide my services there. WorkBC has referred me to Entrepreneurs for Disabilities to help me learn about marketing, especially social media, billing, and other things that will help me be successful.

- Katayon, Midtown WorkBC Centre client

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