Employment in British Columbia

Government Services

Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) – Government of Canada’s website helping foreign-trained workers succeed in Canada. It provides valuable information for newcomers, persons planning to immigrate to and work in Canada, employers and various FCRO partners such as regulatory bodies and immigrant serving organizations. 

Working in Canada – Government of Canada’s site providing employment information for newcomers to Canada. Find out about jobs, wages, qualifications, and what you need to to before and after arriving in Canada. 

Employment for Newcomers to Canada – Lists benefits, programs, and services available to newcomers seeking employment. 

Service Canada: Social Insurance Number – how to obtain a Social Insurance Number–you must have a SIN to work legally in Canada. 

Canadian Labour Market Information – General and detailed information on local labour markets across Canada, including monthly bulletins for each province. 

National Occupational Classification & Career Handbook – Since its introduction in 1992, the National Occupational Classification system continues to be the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada. The NOC is used daily by thousands of people to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labor market.

Vocational Services

Progressive Intercultural Community Services – From guided group job search assistance and individual job search assistance to specialized programs and training, PICS offers a wide range of services to ensure each client gets the most out of their experience. 

Mosaic BC—Employment Services Centre – Mosaic offers specialized services to immigrants, refuges and newcomers at the Vancouver Northeast Employment centre.

Immigrant Service Society of BC – ISS of BC provides a full range of employment services that assist immigrant jobseekers with a wide variety of needs and enhance their ability to build a meaningful and successful work life in Canada.

Pacific Immigrant Resource Society – PIRS is a unique immigrant service agency that has been providing services for immigrant women and their young children since 1975.

Immigrant Welcome Centre: Nanaimo – Whether you are a newly arrived immigrant or have lived in Canada for years, finding employment can be challenging. The centre has several services and programs to help with employment needs.

South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services – Offers employment services and labour market mentorship.

Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society – Provides job search, career educational planning, accreditation assistance and referrals to community employment and support services. The services are at no cost.

Canada Wise – Canada Wise provides settlement and information services for newcomers to Canada, including individual relocation, corporate relocation, and intercultural training. 


Starting a Business in BC (from One Stop Business Registry) – A variety of resources and links to consult before starting a business in BC, including “Starting a Small Business” and “Import/Export” guides. 

Be Your Own Boss – A “business startup toolbox”. 

Canada Business–Services for Entrepreneurs – Provides information and support to develop your ideas and business plan, registering your business name, buying and financing a business, and various checklists and guides. 

Strategic Canada’s Business and Consumer Site – Timely business and consumer information: start a business and explore new markets, research trade and investment data by product or industry, keep up with technological innovation, access a library of consumer information.



Red Seal Trades – List of trades that fall under the Red Seal Program-a program maintaining the standard of excellence for skilled trades across the country

Industry Training Authority BC – Provides support services and training to help immigrants work in the trades in BC

Job Search Websites

Job Bank – Job Search, Job Match, Job Alert, Résumé Builder and Career Navigator tools are available, as well as a Training and Careers section that will help you identify career options. Also discover the latest trends, employment prospects and salary ranges of skilled trades and occupations. (A Government of Canada Site). 

Public Service Commission of Canada – The Public Service of Canada offers a wide variety of employment opportunities in many fields and areas of specialization.

MyHR – Human Resources for the B.C. Public Service. 

Workopolis – A source for finding employment and contract work in Canada. Search millions of jobs in all industries. 

BC Jobs – A source for finding employment and contract work.

WowJobs – A source for finding over 100,000 jobs across Canada including advertised, classified and company sites.

Professional Associations

Canadian Professional Organizations of Canada– Comprehensive list of professional associations in Canada.