Programs for Women

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Employment Program of BC (EPBC)

The Employment Programs of BC offers job search assistance, training, workshops as well as specialized services to all job seekers in the province. Immigrants, Aboriginal people, Francophones, people with disabilities, youth, older workers, multi-barriered people, and those living in rural and northern communities have equal access to this employment program. More information on the types of services provided by WorkBC Employment Services Centres located across the province can be found using the interactive map on the EPBC website.


• Unemployed or underemployed (less than 20 hours per week)
• BC resident


Taking the Leap to Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program

This peer mentoring program provides support to women starting their own businesses and helps them overcome the challenges of self employment. The program gives opportunity for participants to receive feedback on their business ideas, improve on business development skills, find work/life balance, and more. The program consists of one-on-one mentoring, peer mentoring groups, and mentor advisory forums.


• Women starting a business
• 19 years and older
• BC resident and legally entitled to work in Canada


Women in Trades Training Initiative (WITT)

WITT program provides women interested in trades career with foundation and introductory training programs, and technical training. Programs may also include career counselling, essential skills training, childcare subsidies, free tuition, and more.


• Women
• Unemployed and non-Employment Insurance client for the past three years
• Employed but low-skilled without high school diploma or recognized certification
• Resident of BC and legally entitled to work in Canada
• Not a high school or full-time post-secondary student
• Not participating in another Labour Market Agreement (LMA) program


Women’s Workshop – a Trades Training Program

This 10-week Women’s Workshop provides unemployed and underemployed women with an opportunity to develop essential workplace skills and explore trades careers. Participants would learn workplace skills and techniques, gain work experience, and receive training in Level 1 First Aid.


• Women
• Unemployed and non-Employment Insurance client
• Under-employed and low-skilled