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Programs For Women

Programs for Women

Immigrant Women in Trades

Fully funded – The IWTA project focuses on recruiting, retaining and helping women apprentices in five identified Red Seal Trades in British Columbia. It is a 10-week program that supports immigrant women apprentices from intercultural equity deserving groups who are underserved, facing multiple barriers to employment in these Red Seal trades in British Columbia.

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.

PICS Second Stage Women House (Harmony House, Serenity House)

Harmony House is a second stage transition home for women providing women and their children with a shelter that is safe, secure, and provides an opportunity to them to heal and nurture in a culturally sensitive, linguistically accessible and healing environment.

Gender based outreach worker

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.


The program is focused on advancing Gender Equality within our communities. We partner with the Aboriginal community Policing Centre Society, Vancouver to support women who come from South Asian and Aboriginal communities. We support them by informing and educating them of their rights in Canadian Society.

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.

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 Connect

Free Basic computer and employment training for Newcomer Women.

Digital Literacy for People with Disabilities

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.

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 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.

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.