The community partners who support the delivery of the Employment Program of BC bring expertise to the partnership in areas that address specific needs of those who use our services. They are:
Their Employment Counsellors assist clients in obtaining their individual goals with referrals to programs through Employment Insurance and the Provincial Government Labour Market Agreements.
The first is financial supports for eligible individuals who are in training or apprenticeship programs.
The second is providing coaching support and small business information in the Self Employment Program.
Since their opening in 1994, they have delivered a variety of programs in the workforce development industry, ensuring that participants are well served with a professionally compassionate service that assists individuals in their return to work.
Cowichan Women Against Violence (CWAV) Society works from a feminist perspective to provide a supportive environment primarily to women and children who have been affected by abuse. They support diversity, change, choice and growth through counselling, advocacy, emergency shelter, community development and education.
They provide case managed services to individuals who are immigrants to Canada. These services include translation services including employment counselling, translation of employment documents and assistance in applying for credential recognition.
Currently, CIS has 18 active community service programs, 11 board members, 19 staff members, and over 150 volunteers. CIS is the leading community resource for immigrant settlement services, and for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities.
The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, the only non-profit agency of its kind on Vancouver Island, provides leadership, innovative solutions and services through engaging and educating communities, strengthening families and fighting isolation.
In 1969 a group of concerned parents met to discuss the educational needs of their Deaf children. These families laid the groundwork for the Vancouver Island Society for Hearing Handicapped Children, a pre-school class at G. R. Pearkes Clinic and an elementary class at Marigold School. In 1971, in order to encompass all ages of the Island’s population with a hearing loss, the society became the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute of Vancouver Island.