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Programs For Newcomers

Programs for Newcomers

Public Works PBLMT

Public Works Technician Training is a 16-week Project-Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT). Participants will receive training and work experience in occupational skills related to public works. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training along with life skills.

Greenhouse PBLMTs

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.

PBLMTS in General

The Construction Trades Training is a 15 week program that includes a Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS), Language & Essential skills, Red Seal upgrading carpentry, electrical or plumbing training, Inter-Provincial Red Seal Exam, work experience with employers, and job search and placement support.

Intercultural Youth Micro-grants Service Corps (IYMSCorps)

IYMSCORPS IS A FREE PROGRAM that allows youth to gain valuable foundational and transferable skills through designing youth-led and youth-driven community engagement projects. Participants can receive a microgrant of $1000, $2500, $3000 to create their own community engagement projects.

Intercultural Youth Service Corps (IYSCorps)

IYSCORPS IS A FREE 17-WEEK PROGRAM that allows youth living in British Columbia to enhance their skills and gain access to more career opportunities and promote civic engagement. It is a community needs-driven, skills enhancement, and volunteer program that adopts an all-encompassing approach to empower youth throughout BC, offering a diverse array of enriching activities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)

This program provides specific employment-related services designed to help injured workers gain, maintain, and improve skills that allow them to return to the labor market. These services are intended to assist injured workers to return to suitable employment and to obtain the best possible return to work outcomes.

Legal Advocacy Program

The Legal Advocacy Program is a partnership program between Archway Community Services (ACS) and Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society and is created to address the unique needs of the seasonal worker communities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley Regions.


This Program provides free comprehensive employment support services in British Columbia for unemployed individuals over 16. Offering resources such as job search assistance, workshops on various employment-related topics, one-on-one counseling, this program is dedicated to helping residents legally able to work in Canada find suitable employment.

Retail, Warehousing, Supply Chain and Logistics - STE

This program is designed to empower eligible participants, especially Recent Immigrants, Refugees, and Visible Minorities with limited Canadian education, working experience and language proficiency.

Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Program

FCR Program is funded by Government of Canada that helps Internationally Trained Professionals to get back into their professional field or alternative related career field.

Career Paths

PICS Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program provides customized services for up to 24 months for newcomers to BC who have work experience in Corporate / Retail & Wholesale / Hospitality / Insurance, Real Estate & Financial Brokerage sector to obtain a management level of employment in their specialized occupation.

Employment Options for 55+

If you are 55+, Canadian or New to Canada and are unable to find a job, come join the ILTOP 55+ program to find the career that is right for you. This program is funded by the government that consist of 8 weeks group activities and 10 weeks of one-on-one job search assistance and self employment support.

IRCC Settlement & Integration Program

The Settlement Program works with the eligible immigrant population to address the transitional issues faced by them and assists them overcome the barriers arising out of lack of necessary skills and/or limited knowledge about Canada. The program aims at ensuring adequate participation by the immigrants in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada.

English for the Workplace

English Conversation Circle Program provides Free English classes for newcomers, citizens, refugee claimants and work permit holders. Participants learn about the Canadian work culture such as resume writing, cover letter, job search, interview skills and work expectations.

Digital Connect

Free Basic computer and employment training for Newcomer Women.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship

We offer culturally sensitive training, which includes relevant information and orientation, as well as one- on-one advice in the process of starting your own business in Canada.

Digital Literacy for People with Disabilities

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.

Employment & Settlement Support for People with Disabilities

The PICS Settlement Department provides customized and individualized job search-related support for immigrants with disabilities. It aims to assist eligible clients to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment by overcoming barriers and challenges when entering the Canadian labor market.

Intercultural Motivating Change through Peer Employment (I M Change) Program

The I M Change program is a flexibly designed project intended to provide skills training to people at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness, who are unemployed or precariously employed, targeting the community needs for peer employment.

Youth Employment Support Services (YES²) Program

YES² Employment Program that you to gain skills to become job ready by learning about topics such as leadership, time management, effective job search tools and techniques, financial literacy, and problem-solving skills!

RBC Helping Youth Preparing for Employment (HYPE) Program

The Youth Resource Hub provides employment services via one on one workshops, academic coaching and networking opportunities. Youth between the ages of 13-29 are welcome to drop-in and take advantage of the friendly ambiance, access to computers, WiFi and other amenities.

Intercultural Digital Hospitality Skills Accelerator Training Program

The program provides foundational and functional digital skills to individuals seeking employment opportunities or transitioning to employment in digital hospitality industry. This program is for anyone who is 19 years and plus and open for all categories which means anyone can join and open for PR, Canadian citizen, refugee protected, open work permit or on valid study visa. Classes will be online and course is for 9 weeks which includes employment support.

Financial Literacy

For over 75 years, Vancity has been working to build a clean and fair world where members and communities can thrive. That means addressing systemic barriers to ensure access to financial services and financial literacy for all. In partnership with PICS and equipped with courses and tools developed by our financial experts, PICS is delivering culturally relevant workshops to our communities. We believe the community-based model for learning will create meaningful and safe programs that speak to the unique needs of different groups.

BCSIS Settlement & Integration Program

BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) Program offers settlement and integration services to eligible clients in the city of Surrey and North Delta to support the social and economic integration of newcomers to the province who are not eligible for federal settlement services and face unique barriers and challenges to integration that necessitate settlement supports.

Connections - Youth Integration Project

“Connections” is an Integration Program for kids and youth from Ukraine who arrived in British Columbia, Canada. In 2022, nearly one-third of Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and full-scale war.

PICS Income Tax Clininc

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), PICS host free tax clinic where volunteers complete tax returns for people with a modest income and a simple tax situation.

Skills for Success Survey Project

Skills for Success are the foundational skills we use in working, learning, and daily life. They help us adapt to change, learn other new skills, and thrive in daily life. They help us to get a job, progress at our current job or change jobs.

Intercultural Skills for Success Training Project (ISST)

Discover your potential with PICS Intercultural Skills for Success Training Project, a transformative initiative designed to empower Canadians who are looking for work or higher education

Foreign Credentials Recognition (FCR) for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP)

The Canadian Federal Government-funded Foreign Credentials Recognition (FCR) for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHP) program is dedicated to facilitating the seamless integration of newcomers into the healthcare sector.