British Columbia

Immigrant Employment Councils and Networks

Immigrant Employment Councils (IECs) bring together local stakeholders to address the many challenges of integrating skilled immigrants into the labour market. IECs connect skilled immigrants to local employers with the support of other community, educational and government organizations.

Vancouver: Immigrant Employment Council of BC

Government portals

This website has many resources for immigrants looking to settle in British Columbia, including a section on employment initiatives that is also useful for employers, including links to Skills Connect for Immigrants, a bridging program.

This labour market information website has a section dedicated to employers with various resources including how to hire immigrants in B.C.

Community resources

Settlement Roadmap – British Columbia
A searchable database of immigrant services (including settlement, languages and employment) in each province.

211 BC
211 is a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts of the province. Enter “immigrant employment” into the search field to find services including bridging programs, language training and hiring services.

Community information – Central Okanagan
A database of community services in the Central Okanagan region. You can search by keyword and community.

The Working in Canada Tool, created by the federal government, provides information on job descriptions, wages, skill requirements, language training and job opportunities based on occupation and location.