WorkBC Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Monthly Newsletter


Spotlight on Wage Subsidy

The WorkBC Wage Subsidy program benefits job seekers AND employers by enabling eligible employers to hire new employees, recall laid-off employees, and facilitate work experience/on-the-job training to qualified new candidates.

WorkBC covers a part of your wages so employers can save at least $7,200, which means they are more likely to hire you! (More savings are available for Youth job seekers aged 18-30 and for job seekers with disabilities.)

Simply put, WorkBC will pay back up to 50% of your salary to your new employer during the first 24 weeks of employment. This saves the employer money, which increases your chances of getting hired and receiving necessary on-the-job training.

Click here to learn more, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Eligibility Criteria, and information on how to apply.

Want to use Wage Subsidy to promote yourself to an employer and increase your chances of getting the job? Contact your Employment Specialist to receive a Wage Subsidy Marketing Letter.

Video: Take Control of Your Journey to Employment with WorkBC

Looking for work can often feel like a full-time job in itself. It can be stressful and exhausting, but it's not something you need to go through alone. With WorkBC, you can take control of your journey to employment, with access to free services, funding for training courses, one-to-one coaching and more.

Click here (or on the image above) to watch our new video! Feel free to share this clip with friends, family or contacts who may be interested in receiving support with their own job search or career development journey.

Youth Job Seekers (16-30): Apply now for next Baristas Training Program intake

The next cycle for the Baristas Training Program for youth (aged 16–30) is starting on January 26th and will run until March 4th. There are a few more spaces left, so apply today!

This is a great opportunity to get paid training, gain certifications, and develop job and life skills. The program is currently being offered online via Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Click here to view the poster for more details. Apply now by emailing a resume, cover letter and this application form to Heather Bulcock at baristas@pcrs.ca.

Registration open for January LEADS Program cohort

WorkBC LEADS is a free, specialized employment program for survivors of violence and abuse, including workplace bullying or harassment.

LEADS consists of a 12-week group program that combines employment workshops from a resilience-informed perspective and one-to-one coaching sessions to enhance wellness, confidence, employability and financial independence. Click here for more information.

The next intake begins on January 12th, and registration is ongoing. Please contact Erin Grace via e-mail at egrace@ywcavan.org or call 604-908-1227 to register.



12 Jan 2021 | 1 PM to 3 PM

WorkBC Vancouver North East is pleased to host an online hiring event with Canada Six Fortune, a local grocery wholesale company that connects Canadian retailers and restaurants to authentic and savory Asian food brands. Learn more about the company, current employment opportunities, and how to apply.

Click here to register.


26 Jan 2021 | 2 PM to 3 PM

Join the TransLink Virtual Info Session from the comfort of your home. Don't miss this free event, where you will be able to learn more about current employment opportunities and how to apply. You will also be able to meet TransLink hiring representatives and ask questions directly. Sign up now!

Click here to register.


27 Jan 2021 | 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

This virtual job fair promises to connect Canada's fastest growing companies with the tech talent worldwide. Hiring companies will have the opportunity to showcase their employer brand and pitching an audience of skilled candidates on why they’re a top employer in Canada. Participating companies include Avigilon, Innosphere, IPEX, SkiptheDishes, and more to be announced soon.

Click here to register.


28 Jan 2021 | 4 PM to 7 PM

The Greater Vancouver Virtual Job Fair connects candidates and industries across the province, including Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley, Delta, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North & West Vancouver, Port Moody, Port Meadows, and White Rock. Click here for more information.

Click here to register.


Free Early Childhood Educator Training

This full-time program consists of 30 weeks of virtual/classroom training, 10 weeks of work experience with local employers, and 2 weeks of employment support to prepare participants to work as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE).

The program begins on January 25; intake is ongoing. For more information, including eligibility requirements, please contact your Employment Specialist.

Free Dental Assistant Training

Western Community College and its community partner, Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), are pleased to offer Dental Assistant Training (fast-track program in light of COVID-19). Graduates will become eligible to write the exam to become certified Dental Assistants.

Participants will receive 200 hours of clinical experience and 160 hours of practicum placement. Western Community College is the only campus in BC with an on-site dental clinic.

Classes start on February 15th; screening and intake is ongoing. Click here to view the program e-flyer. For more information, please contact your Employment Specialist.

YWCA Job Futures 55+

Job Futures 55+ is a free 10-week employment program that prepares mature workers (55+) to achieve sustainable employment through skills training and employment supports.

The program includes: group-based workshops on career exploration, employment options and health & wellness; one-to-one support and individualized training plans; skills training/upgrading; supports (e.g. job search, transportation). The program begins on January 18th.

Click here for more information.

MicroStart: Apply for free micro-credential courses

MicroStart offers micro-credential courses on-the-go, enabling learning to fit into busy schedules or short timeframes. MicroStart courses are free to B.C. individuals and businesses who meet the program and course criteria.

The following MicroStart courses will be offered through the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University starting this month:

  • Essential Skills for Data Literacy (University of Victoria)
  • Leading Projects in a Digital Environment (Royal Roads University)
  • Workplace Communication Skills (Royal Roads University).

Click here for more information, including eligibility and how to apply.


DOGTOWN is a family-run dog daycare, spa, school and hotel that has been serving the community since 2015. Based in Olympic Village, the local business offers play, learning, and care for dogs in a large indoor and outdoor facility. With a passion for ensuring that the dogs stay healthy and happy, DOGTOWN offers a wide variety of services, including training, grooming and transportation, in addition to a well-loved dog daycare program.

"One of our main values is supporting our neighbours and making long-term connections with them," said Adriana Suarez, Admin and Sales at DOGTOWN. "We have been neighbours with WorkBC Midtown for six years. When we contacted [WorkBC], we were looking for someone who is a team-player, accountable, reliable and professional."

After connecting with WorkBC Midtown, DOGTOWN hired Coco (see her Success Story below) as part of their team. "When we contacted [WorkBC Midtown] and hired Coco, we were looking for the right fit...someone whose performance adds to our success," said Suarez. "That's been essential in hiring and keeping Coco, and each person who has been a part of the DOGTOWN team."

DOGTOWN had been seeking a new team member who wasn't only a dog-lover, but also someone who would thrive in a diverse, family-oriented environment. "We are a company that values and respects diversity. Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds and places around the world, bringing lots of talent, ideas, passion and commitment."

Like most businesses, DOGTOWN faced unprecendented challenges in the past year, but has managed to pull through thanks to its strong team environment and its loyal clientele - members of the community who have continued supporting the business despite difficulties brought on by the pandemic.

"We have counted on our clients who have believed in us these past 15 years, and the ones who joined us even during the unique year we had (2020)," said Suarez. "The only way to make it to the next level is by helping each other and by supporting local small businesses."

To learn more about DOGTOWN and its services, click here.




Coco's story:
"I have suggested this program to about 15 people since I discovered it"

I owned a talent agency for 15 years but was unemployed after I shut it down. I had small,
self-employed jobs in film but the work was reduced or stopped due to COVID-19. I faced the challenge of trying to reinvent myself after being self-employed for so long; not having to ever make a resume was daunting. I also have a variety of limitations, which made me think that I may be unemployable to most businesses.

I learned about the WorkBC Customized Employment program through a webinar suggested to me by the Plan Institute after I applied for a job with them. WorkBC assigned a fantastic consultant to me named Vicki. Vicki and I had about six sessions, which I'm told is about halfway through the program. She listened intently to my story and showed legitimate concern for my needs, skills and limitations.

I explained to her all of my disabilities, as well as shared with her my interests and work environments that I would find ideal. I requested that I not be placed in closed quarters with more than a few people at any given time. I explained that my long-term hope is to become an advocate for people with disabilities but, at the moment, I would be happy with something that involved driving and being outside. I mentioned that I would love to work with animals, dogs in particular. Vicki was instrumental in helping me find employment. Once my job was established, WorkBC covered the cost of various expenses for clothes and certificates that were required or helpful for that type of work.

I am now driving for a dog daycare. It is part-time, which suits my health needs. It is very easy to social distance inside but most of my work is outside and driving. The owners and staff of the daycare are all absolute sweethearts, and I get to work with dogs! It doesn't get much better than that. I have suggested this program to about 15 people since I discovered it. In these uncertain times, it's nice to have some guidance!

Coco, WorkBC Vancouver Midtown client


Inside Sales Representatives  1-800-GOT-JUNK?
O2E Brands 
Vancouver, BC
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Disability Case Management Specialists
Pacific Blue Cross
Burnaby, BC
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(Other positions, including Administration Clerk and Customer Service Representatives, are also available. Please contact your Employment Specialist for more information.)

Order Pick Support
Fresh Prep
Vancouver, BC
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Production Workers
Shield Medical Products
Vancouver, BC
Please contact your Employment Specialist directly for job posting

Senior Artist (2D) *Remote position*
Hyper Hippo
Vancouver, BC – Remote
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General Labourer
Merlin Plastics
New Westminster, BC
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Advanced Support and Recovery Specialists
Vancouver, BC – Various locations
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Project Analysts
Clir Renewables
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