The Employment Program of BC (EPBC) is the province’s one-stop employment program.
Its services include self-serve job search services, as well as client needs assessment, case management and other employment service options, for those needing more individualized services, to prepare for, find and maintain sustainable employment.
Since the program launched in 2012, EPBC has served more than 330,000 people.
- The ministry invests nearly $330 million annually in employment and labour-market programs, including $300 million from the federal government under the Labour Market Development Agreement.
- Since the program launched in 2012, EPBC has facilitated employment opportunities for nearly 109,000 people – 85% of which are full-time positions.
- Through the same program, more than 27,800 people with a disability have found work.
- At end of 2016, more than 72% of people receiving personalized supports through EPBC self-identified as belonging to at least one category of people experiencing barriers to employment, such as Aboriginal, francophone, immigrant, person with a disability, rural or remote, having multiple barriers to employment, survivor of violence and/or abuse, or youth.
- In 2016, the ministry provided personalized case-managed services to about 76,000 people, of which more than 30,000 identified themselves as having a disability.
- As of December 2016, more than 12,300 apprentices received apprentice financial living supports.
- EPBC supports all unemployed British Columbians in achieving sustainable employment by providing comprehensive services and supports based on individual client needs, ranging from independent self-serve services to intensive case management.
- EPBC is primarily delivered by contracted service providers through 84 storefront WorkBC Employment Services Centres throughout B.C., ensuring that British Columbians have access to employment services and supports, wherever they live in the province.
- There are also more than 100 satellite centres, or mobile or outreach services available in some communities.
- EPBC serves all unemployed British Columbians who are looking for work and are eligible to work in Canada.
- Examples of supports and services offered through EPBC include:
- Assistance with job searches
- Resume and interview preparation
- Employment counselling and support
- Employment-related workshops and short-term certification
- Employment and financial needs assessments
- Assistive technology and devices
- Skills training (funding for tuition and living supports)
- Living supports during apprentice training
- Preparation for self-employment
- Wage subsidy
- Follow-up support for job maintenance and retention
Community and Employer Partnerships:
- Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) is a component of the EPBC that provides funding for projects that increase employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through local partnerships, shared labour market information, technology and innovative practices.
- CEP has an annual budget of $8 million.
- To date, nearly 1,500 job-seekers have benefitted from work experience and more than 270 projects have been funded throughout the province.
Single Parent Employment Initiative:
- The Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI), another component of EPBC, was launched in September 2015. This initiative helps eligible single parents receiving income and disability assistance to secure sustainable employment. In addition to the current services and supports available through the EPBC, single parents may also be eligible for:
- Up to 12 months of funded training for in-demand jobs or a paid work experience placement.
- Child -care costs covered while participating in the program and throughout the first year of employment.
- Transit costs to and from school; and
- Eligible single parents assessed as needing training in order to gain employment in one of today’s in-demand occupations will be able to continue receiving income assistance for up to 12 months while participating in approved training.
To date, more than 4,675 people have participated in the Single Parent Employment Initiative, and more than 955 have found employment through SPEI.
Sean LeslieMinistry of Social Development and Social Innovation