Services and programs for newcomers

As a community, organization or individual working with immigrants to B.C., you play an important role in welcoming newcomers and helping them get settled in our province. Learn more about the programs and services available to support immigrants.

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Immigrants can face challenges entering the labour force because their skills and qualifications may not be recognized in B.C. They may need English-language training or they may need support finding a job. This results in many skilled newcomers being under-employed. The B.C. Government is addressing these challenges through a range of programs and services.

  • provides British Columbians, including immigrants and refugees, with access to information about employment services, training and education, jobs and careers, labour market information and employer resources.
  • WorkBC Employment Services Centres provide job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more. Newcomers can find information at WorkBC Centres, including contact information for the 84 centres located across B.C.
  • The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. Targeted funds are available to employers to support the training and employment of newcomers, including refugees. Find more information.
  • The Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program, helps skilled, job ready immigrants:
    • connect with jobs
    • reach or progress towards a job that utilizes the experience and training they obtained prior to coming to Canada
    • progress towards getting a Canadian credential for a regulated occupation
    • gain relevant Canadian work experience through a practicum or temporary job
    • advance their English language skills specific to in-demand jobs in B.C.

Learn more about the services offered under the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program.

Foreign Qualifications Recognition (FQR)

New immigrants will need to have their education, skills and work experience evaluated to see how they compare to Canadian standards. In B.C., regulatory bodies oversee this process. Learn more:

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC BC) works to integrate skilled immigrants into the province’s workforce. It provides tools to employers for finding, hiring and retaining trained international workers.

View resources at Immigrant Employment Council of BC.


Settlement agencies offer a variety of services to help new immigrants settle in B.C. These services include assistance in finding a place to live, referral to language classes and short-term crisis counselling.

Find out more about settlement services in your area offered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in partnership with B.C.

Check out resources from the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA), a provincial association of member agencies that serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities.

Your First Two Weeks in Canada is a video created in French, English and Arabic by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) to help immigrants prepare for life in Canada.  They can watch it to learn some initial steps to take when they arrive here.