Language training investment of $2.6 million helps newcomers find jobs

Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond

Approximately 1,200 newcomers to B.C. will get language training for the job market, thanks to a $2.6 million investment for high-demand jobs.


The Province is partnering with community organizations, professional associations and post-secondary institutions to provide training for recent immigrants to help them overcome language barriers faced when seeking employment. “We want to ensure that new British Columbians have every opportunity possible they need to be successful in our province,” Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond said. Better language skills will improve their employability and mean more opportunities for career advancement in their chosen sector.

The training will prepare participants for employment in an industry, sector or occupation that is currently experiencing, or is expected to experience, a labour or skills shortage over the next 12 months.

Examples of this type of training include:

  • English for Health Professionals
  • Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses
  • Retail Sales Associate Language Training Program
  • Language Training for Fire Protection Technicians

This language training is occupation and workplace specific and geared toward newcomers with professional-level skills to help them transition to high-demand jobs.

Funding for the Project Based Language Training is provided by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training through a partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada).