FAQs

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How much does the Ministry of Social Development invest in employment and training programs?

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In 2012/2013, the ministry will invest $343.5 million in employment services and apprenticeship training through the Employment Program of BC, of which nearly $280 million will come from federal government.

For more information visit WorkBC or the The Province of British Columbia website

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How many people do you think the Employment Program of BC will help?

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The Employment Program of BC will help thousands of British Columbians to get back to work, gain independence and help provide for their families.

Since 2001, government employment programs have helped more than 73,000 people find jobs.

The Employment Program of BC is building on that success with better accessibility for all, putting even more unemployed British Columbians back into the workforce quickly and helping to contribute to a stronger BC economy.

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Who can use the WorkBC Employment Services Centres?

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Any unemployed British Columbian can visit a WorkBC Employment Services Centre in their community.

People on income assistance and employment insurance are encouraged to start at the WorkBC Employment Services Centre so they can get back in the workforce as quickly as possible.

Eligibility for certain services is determined through an initial meeting with a WorkBC Resource Centre Advisor.

Specialized populations were also a key consideration in developing the Employment Program of BC. Specialized populations are identified as:

  • People with disabilities
  • Immigrants
  • Francophones
  • People with multiple barriers
  • Survivors of violence and/or abuse
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Rural and remote populations
  • Youth

In order to accommodate those with specialized needs, individuals may also be served through satellite centres or mobile or outreach services.

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Who runs the Employment Program of BC?

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The Ministry of Social Development administers the overall program; however, each WorkBC Employment Services Centre around the province is managed independently by community-based service providers who were chosen through a competitive bidding process. Before any contracts for the new Employment Program of BC were awarded, service providers had to demonstrate a clear understanding of the specific needs of the people living in their local area and identify how they were going to meet the needs of their communities.

There are 85 WorkBC Employment Services Centres across B.C., operated by 47 contractors who work with more than 300 service providers to deliver employment services across the province.

The Ministry is actively monitoring all of the Employment Program of BC contracts and is working with service providers to ensure they are delivering the full suite of services to those who need them.

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What services are offered through this program?

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The program’s goal is to provide a full suite of employment programs while ensuring quick and easy access to services at every WorkBC Employment Services Centre across the province, including:

  • Job search assistance
  • Employment counselling and case management
  • Financial supports to enable individuals to access skills training, work experience and self-employment opportunities
  • Services for specialized populations

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What is the Employment Program of BC?

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The employment Program of BC is a Ministry of Social Development initiative first introduced to British Columbia in April 2012. The central focus of the Employment Program is providing services and supports for unemployed British Columbians to find and maintain work.

The primary goal of the program is offering individuals, employers and communities a single point of entry for employment services.

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What do I need to get registered as a client?

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You will need to provide a valid Social Insurance Number or documentation indicating that you are legally eligible to work in Canada.

Q?

I need help hiring. How can Maple Ridge Employment Services Centre help me?

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Our Centre will help you to access screened and qualified job-seekers, provide a forum to post your company’s job openings, and help promote diversity in your workplace.

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What other services are available for employers?

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Our Centre has access to an array of skilled job-seekers and our staff can assist you with pre-screening applicants for interviews or hiring fairs.

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How do I start using the Maple Ridge WorkBC Employment Services Centre?

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Contact us by phone, fax or email or better yet, pay us a visit!

We are located at:

170-22470 Dewdney Trunk Road,
Maple Ridge, BC

Contact us:

Tel: 604-466-4622
Fax: 604-466-4620
Email: Maple Ridge WorkBC