PICS Logo 2023
Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society


About Greenhouse PBLMT Program

This project targets agricultural workers who had been impacted by the ban of mink farming in BC as well as those who had been affected by flooding of the Fraser Valley region in Fall 2022.

Individuals who had immigrated to Canada and have prior experience in horticulture or agriculture are welcome to apply.

Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, this program provides 22 weeks of training, including 16 weeks of occupational skills training, 4 weeks of practicum with local employers, and 2 weeks of follow up / employment support.

Jobs in the Greenhouse sector are an in-demand occupation. Graduates of the program can work in nurseries, on farms, in greenhouses, at garden centers, and in landscaping in positions such as Nursery Worker, IPM Assistant, Harvester, and Grower’s Assistant.

a female farm worker working in a farm of vegetables


  • Free training funded by the government
  • $300 per week living allowance (administered by WorkBC)
  • Personal Protective Equipment provided
  • Employability and Skills for Success (Essential Skills) Training
  • Workplace Safety Certification for: Emergency First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, Forklift, Food Safe, Fall Protection and Ladder Safety
  • Unpaid Work Experience Placement (4 weeks)
  • Follow up and job search support


  • EIntroduction to BC’s Agriculture & Horticulture
  • EGreenhouse Hydroponics and environmental control & monitoring
  • EIrrigation System
  • ECrop Production and Plant Health Analysis
  • EAgri-business principles
  • EOccupational Health and Safety
  • EPesticide Application (Agriculture & Greenhouse)

Eligibility Criteria

Immigration Status + Current resident of BC

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Refugee with Court Notice of Decision

Employment Status + Legally entitled to work in Canada

  • Unemployed
  • Precariously Employed

Language Proficiency

  • Have CLB English language proficiency Level 5

EI Eligibility

  • BCEA PWD Status
  • BCEA Income Assistance Recipient
  • Active Regular Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits
  • EI Reachback: have had Regular EI benefits within the previous 60 months
  • Have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)

WorkBC Refer

  • Referred by a Work BC Centre with an Action Plan

*1 item from each category must be met to be eligible

Contact Information


Funded By

Province of BC logo