Finding job opportunities in Canada can be a difficult and frustrating process for new immigrants. A recent survey of 6402 skilled immigrants found that, while most were employed in permanent jobs, “only 39.1 per cent had positions with duties similar to what they had before immigration.” While it can be challenging, there are many agencies that can help you find the right job opportunity and career fit. Even better, most of these services are free of charge.
Job Resources for New Immigrants
The Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) offers Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) to help Internationally Trained Professionals to get back into their professional field or an alternative, related career field. This is an adapted process to verify that the education and work experience obtained in your country are equivalent to the standards established for the Canadian workforce. If required, the FCR program offers loans up to $15,000 to cover the cost of credentialing, along with a flexible repayment schedule.
The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre located at the Vancouver Public Library Central branch. This info centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore careers or start a business. All of their services and resources are free of charge. They have Employment Guides and free programs for job seekers and can recommend government agencies, professional associations, and other organizations that may help with job search, resume writing or assessing your credentials.
WorkBC offers a range of services to support job seekers in getting a job as quickly as possible. They can help you build your skills and confidence through services tailored to your particular situation. WorkBC has offices throughout the Lower Mainland, all of which are easy to access.
Many newcomers decide that Entrepreneurship is the best fit for them. ISSofBC has two programs that can get you started. The Spark program can help you take your first steps with a 9-week, self-employment exploration program at no cost with case management support. They can help you research and clarify your business dea as well as connect you to events and organizations to help expand your support network. The Ignite program provides no-cost, individualized business advice and support. They provide expert advice on market trends and regulatory requirements and help you establish your business including the initial launch.
If you require help with a business plan, DIVERSEcity is offering a Business Plan Writing Circle – Immigrant Entrepreneur Program. You can explore your business idea, learn to write a business plan, as well as meet and get feedback from other immigrant entrepreneurs just like you.
Finding the Right Job Opportunity for You
In the end, there are many services and organizations available for newcomers, and this is just a sample of them. For more information, head on over to the NewToBC Immigrant and Refugee Programs and Services website. We have a detailed inventory of Employment Services available organized by community to ensure you can access the resources you need when you need it. If you have any questions about these services or programs, simply ask one of the above-mentioned organizations and they can advise you appropriately. Best of luck in your job search for 2020!