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Jobs for Newcomers in Canada

Jobs for Newcomers in Canada

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As a newcomer to Canada, you may be surprised to learn of the many free programs and services that are available to help you find a job in your community. These programs and services are designed to help you adapt to your new country. Of course for many newcomers, finding employment is a top priority.

To make things easier, here’s a list of programs and services available to you as a newcomer to help you find employment in BC.

Employment Programs and Services Through NewToBC

NewToBC offers a handy web resource to help you find employment programs in your community. While most programs are location-specific, some welcome clients from communities throughout the Lower Mainland. If you’re curious to see what is available in your area, simply head to the immigrant and refugee programs and services section on our website, select your community, and click on ‘Employment Services’ for a list of service providers.

You will find many gems, including, but not limited to:

Archway Community Services

Archway Community Services – Archway offers a Career Mentors Program that connects newcomers with professionals of similar vocational or skilled backgrounds for coaching and advice in accessing the Canadian labour market. From providing informational interviews to attending networking events, their mentors assist newcomers in gaining valuable knowledge and an understanding of Canadian workplace culture and employment pathways in Canada.


BACK in MOTION Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – This program provides occupation-specific resources and support to help immigrant job seekers move into careers that match their qualifications. This free service is offered under the WelcomeBC umbrella, funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. This program can help you access funding for BC certifications or courses to meet Canada’s job requirements, help you gain valuable work experience, and connect with a mentor to make connections in your occupation.

Burnaby Public Library

Burnaby Public Library – Join Burnaby Public Library for a tour of job search and career materials at the library. Learn about the hidden job market, how to research companies and explore careers and discover the resources available to help you with your resume, job interview, cover letters and networking.

Douglas College

Douglas College –  Career Paths For Skilled Immigrants This program provides eligible participants the career coaching and resources needed to gain employment in your field of training and expertise. You will receive free coaching on licensing and regulatory requirements for your profession, a designated Career Coach for assistance and job search support, and funding towards a professional designation, English upgrading, or short-term training. This is a free program for internationally trained professionals who meet all edibility requirements.

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library – The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore carers or start a business. They offer Employment Guides that include labour market outlook, wages/salary information, employment outlooks and more.

Find Help in Your Community

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, this is just a small sample of the many employment resources available to you as a newcomer to BC. Please take some time to review what services are offered in your community. The more you connect with these organizations, and meet the people who are there to help you, the closer you will be to your employment goals. Good luck!


Business Resources for Newcomers

Business Resources for Newcomers

Find the business help you need as a newcomer to BC

Ever Thought of Starting Your Own Business? You’re Not Alone

Many newcomers who come to Canada will end up starting their own business. In fact, according to the 2016 Census, there are more than 600,000 self-employed immigrants across Canada. If you’re a newcomer and you’re considering your own business, you will want to arm yourself with as much information as you can. Luckily, there are many free, or relatively inexpensive, resources available to you!

Business Resources in BC

  1. The Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore careers, or start a business. Their services and resources are free. Their Small Business Guide will help you find materials at the Vancouver Public Library and on the internet to help you start a small business in British Columbia. Small Business Support offers information on Starting a New Business for Newcomers, Financing Your Small Business, Market Research and Business Plan, and more.
  2. DIVERSECity Community Resources Society is a registered charity helping newcomers to Surrey, Delta, Langley, and White Rock. They provide specialized services for newcomers, including a free Immigrant Entrepreneur Program designed to help newcomers explore business ideas, do market research and competitor analysis, write a business plan, register their business, understand financial loan options, learn about marketing, sales and operational plans, and more. You will receive one-one consultations and referrals to business resources in the community to help you launch your business. 
  3.  Small Business BC helps entrepreneurs with products and services to assist their successful entry into small business ventures and supports to help them grow and become resilient. They offer several free to low-cost seminars on many topics that will benefit your small business. With a team of advisors on hand to answer your questions, you can take advantage of a wide range of services including: Guided Business Registration, Import/Export Advisory and Registration, Business Plan Review Services, Market Research Advisory Services, and more.
  4. The Business Development Bank of Canada offers a free online course to guide you through all the aspects of starting a business in Canada. You’ll be introduced to key business concepts and discover what information to gather to write your business plan. Along the way, you’ll also get advice from experts in a variety of fields, including financial management, human resources, and sales and marketing. And, you’ll be inspired by the real-life stories of entrepreneurs and learn how they succeeded.
  5.  ISSofBC provides a supportive environment for newcomers to Canada of all backgrounds. They offer newcomers two free options for entrepreneurs:  Spark – If you’re a newcomer interested in exploring your ability to become self-employed, Spark can help you take the first steps. Ignite – If you’re a newcomer with a clear business idea or need help to improve an existing business, Ignite can connect you to opportunities and resources to help you build and grow.

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With the many resources and services available, you can know you’re in good hands when exploring your small business plan in BC. If you have questions, or you need help finding information, you can be assured that one of these organizations will know which direction to point you. Good luck!

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Your Local Library

Rosh Hashanah

Children celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at your local library!

L’shanah Tovah! Celebrating the New Year

Jewish communities are gearing up for a new year! Rosh Hashanah (which translates to “Head of the Year) is just around the corner. This important holiday marks the beginning of the Days of Awe – a 10-day period of reflection, repentance, and renewal leading up to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah starts in the evening and lasts for two full days.

Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is a time to gather with loved ones, reflect on the past year, and set intentions for the new year. It is customary to have big feasts: some traditional dishes include honey cake, brisket, and tzimmes (an Ashkenazi Jewish stew made with sweet root vegetables).

A common practice during this important holiday is to attend the High Holy Day services, where the shofar (a musical instrument typically made of a ram’s horn) can be heard. Many people also go to a Tashlich service (a ceremony recited alongside a body of running water) where people can throw bread crumbs into the water as a means of casting away their sins. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat a new fruit as a  symbol for the newness of the year to come.

Celebrate the Jewish New Year at Your Local Library!

If you would like to learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, head to the Vancouver Public Library’s website for a list of books and resources available. However, the best way to learn is always through experience! The Richmond Public Library will host The Bayit on September 22nd, 2019 so that everyone can learn all about this important holiday and the cultural traditions associated with it. There will be a chance to make holiday crafts to prepare for the new Jewish year. You can sing, dance, and learn all about the special High Holidays! This event is brought to you by The Ben & Esther Dayson, Judaica Collection, the Richmond Public Library, and The Bayit. All ages of children are welcome to join! Drop by between 2 pm and 3:30 pm. No registration is required.

Shanah Tovah!