Vancouver Education & Employment
Adult Basic Education
Adult basic education and English language learning programs for domestic students are tuition free in many post-secondary institutions and school districts
Free classes to gain skills and upgrade qualifications for people 16+
Helps parents in school with costs related to unsubsidized childcare and more. It also provides tuition for adult special education programs.
Advocates for families whose children are facing exclusion in BC schools
Community Adult Literacy Program
CALP funding is allocated to community organizations, Indigenous-controlled organizations, and public-post secondary institutions to deliver adult, family, and Indigenous literacy programming. CALP’s provided in Vancouver at the following locations:
Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T7
Strathcona Community Centre
601 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3V8
Find programs suited to your goals and apply to them all using one account
Culturally diverse science, tech, engineering, art, and math education
Provides financial support to students with developmental disabilities who wish to pursue an inclusive college or university pathway to adulthood in ways which are typical of other graduating high school students
Education programs for Indigenous persons, in an Indigenous setting
Free self-paced courses, across a range of subjects and grade levels
Funding to help people who have been in foster care pay for expenses to further their studies
Info on how to register your child for public school in Vancouver
Scholarships Canada provides a searchable database of scholarship opportunities
Administers funding and provides info on funding opportunities from other sources
Find public schools by location and program type
Childcare funding for parents under 25 while they finish their education
Provides employment, education, and training services to Indigenous people living in Greater Vancouver
A search tool to help you find nearby employment services
Offers programs to help recyclable collectors improve their economic opportunities and reduce the stigma they face
Loans of up to $250,000 for black entrepreneurs
Find job postings and find employment resources
Businesses and organizations located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Provides women with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs
Specialized youth employment services, creative youth programming, and a drop-in resource room. All of services are available to youth aged 16-30.
Helps people in need locate work, offering free training, equipment, and transportation
Provides temporary income support to unemployed workers while they look for employment or to upgrade their skills. The EI program also provides special benefits to workers who take time off work due to specific life events.
Empowers individuals who face work and social barriers to cultivate community connections through entrepreneurship and self-advocacy opportunities
A self-employment initiative for women impacted by violence who face significant barriers to traditional employment and who seek safe, income-generating opportunities free from exploitation, abuse, or other vulnerabilities
Culinary training and job placement for people facing employment barriers
Dignified, gainful employment for people who face barriers and struggle to work in the traditional workforce
PRISM Employment Services is trauma-informed employment support for 2SLGBTQIA+ adults living in BC. Participants receive up to 12 one-to-one coaching sessions with a career case manager, as well as employment workshops.
A magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Vendors buy the magazine for 75 cents and sell it for $2.
Provides training and work opportunities to people facing barriers to employment
Provides skills training and employment supports needed for people who are 55 years of age or older to overcome barriers and achieve sustainable employment
Works with jobseekers to match them with work in their area of interest
Help people find and maintain employment. Services are available to all unemployed or precariously employed BC citizens legally eligible to work in the province
Works with employers, as well as jobseekers with intellectual disabilities, to build inclusive workplaces
Helps entrepreneurs through advisors, resources, events, and more
Trains and employs vulnerable residents from Vancouver’s inner-city who are facing complex barriers to work. Individuals are trained and given the opportunity to work with living soil, grow fresh food, and develop new skills.
Gives youth the opportunity to earn money, confidence and skills, while connecting them to supports that lead to improved outcomes in their lives
Provides a range of business support services and funding options to help women develop, lead, or sell a small business. Includes special options of Indigenous and immigrant women.
Help people find and maintain employment. Services are available to all unemployed or precariously employed BC citizens legally eligible to work in the province.
Provides workers, their dependents and other stakeholders with free advice, assistance, representation, training, and mentoring with respect to workers' compensation issues
Provides free working clothes for low-income persons
Numerous employment programs for teens and women of all ages
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time limit on applying for workers' compensation?
You must apply for compensation within one year of the date of injury or the date you were disabled from an occupational disease. However, you should apply as soon as possible after your injury or the onset of your disability.
WorkSafeBC can accept late applications if there were special circumstances that prevented you from applying within a year of your injury or disablement from occupational disease
A Worker Adviser can guide you through the process
Do you have any advice for writing a school or job application?
In both cases, you want to highlight how your experience and interests make you a good fit for the position you're applying for. Be specific and mention examples.
If you're short on relevant experience in formal positions, show how your life experience relates to the position and makes you a good candidate