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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

Adult Learning Centres

Free classes to gain skills and upgrade qualifications for people 16+

Adult Upgrading Grant

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:


Education Planner BC

Find programs suited to your goals and apply to them all using one account

Ethos Lab

Culturally diverse science, tech, engineering, art, and math education


Judith Mosoff Scholarship

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

Native Education College 

Education programs for Indigenous persons, in an Indigenous setting

Online Courses

Free self-paced courses, across a range of subjects and grade levels

Public Guardian and Trustee Educational Assistance Fund

Funding to help people who have been in foster care pay for expenses to further their studies

Registering For Public School In Vancouver

Info on how to register your child for public school in Vancouver


Scholarships Canada

Scholarships Canada provides a searchable database of scholarship opportunities

Student Aid BC

Administers funding and provides info on funding opportunities from other sources

Vancouver Schools Directory

Find public schools by location and program type

Young Parent Program

Childcare funding for parents under 25 while they finish their education




Provides employment, education, and training services to Indigenous people living in Greater Vancouver

BC Employment Program Hub

A search tool to help you find nearby employment services

Binners’ Project

Offers programs to help recyclable collectors improve their economic opportunities and reduce the stigma they face

Black Entrepreneur Loan Fund

Loans of up to $250,000 for black entrepreneurs 

Canada Job Bank

Find job postings and find employment resources

Downtown Eastside Businesses

Businesses and organizations located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Dress for Success

Provides women with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs

Drive Youth Employment Services

Specialized youth employment services, creative youth programming, and a drop-in resource room. All of services are available to youth aged 16-30.

EMBERS Staffing

Helps people in need locate work, offering free training, equipment, and transportation

Employment Insurance 

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.

Employ To Empower

Empowers individuals who face work and social barriers to cultivate community connections through entrepreneurship and self-advocacy opportunities

Enterprising Women Making Art

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

HAVE Culinary Training Society

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

LGBTQ Employment Services

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.​


Megaphone Magazine

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.

Migrant Worker Hub

A hub of resources and tools to enhance the knowledge and capacity of individuals, employers, unions, professional associations and other organizations supporting migrant workers in British Columbia


Mission Possible

Provides training and work opportunities to people facing barriers to employment

Older Workers Programs

Provides skills training and employment supports needed for people who are 55 years of age or older to overcome barriers and achieve sustainable employment

Open Door Group

Works with jobseekers to match them with work in their area of interest

Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society

Help people find and maintain employment. Services are available to all unemployed or precariously employed BC citizens legally eligible to work in the province​


Ready, Willing, & Able

Works with employers, as well as jobseekers with intellectual disabilities, to build inclusive workplaces

Small Business BC

Helps entrepreneurs through advisors, resources, events, and more

Sole Food Street Farms

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.

Street Youth Job Action

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.

WorkBC Employment Services

Help people find and maintain employment. Services are available to all unemployed or precariously employed BC citizens legally eligible to work in the province.


Workers’ Advisers Office

Provides workers, their dependents and other stakeholders with free advice, assistance, representation, training, and mentoring with respect to workers' compensation issues

Working Gear

Provides free working clothes for low-income persons

YWCA Employment Programs

Numerous employment programs for teens and women of all ages

Housing Resorces

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

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

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