S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Employment Services (SES) started to assist job seekers to overcome employment barriers in 1984. From job finding club service helping only Chinese Immigrants to prepare resumes, SES is now a culturally diverse service team providing career development guidance services for all job seekers. Based on social work values, SES has incorporated a client-centered, behavioural oriented case management model to serve clients. In addition to various programs and services, SES has also developed a virtual resource website to give job seekers easy access to online resources. This range has made SES more accessible and user friendly.

With a diverse team of qualified, skilled and passionate staff in multiple locations, SES delivers services in a culturally sensitive manner to job seekers regardless of their cultural background and level of English language skills. Using a holistic service model that brings individuals, community partners and employers together, SES has helped job seekers achieve their career goals in today’s highly competitive labour market.

Programs and Services


Active Career Connect and Engagement Project (ACCEP) provides services to both Immigrants and Employers.

What we offer:

ACCEP connects Internationally Trained Immigrants (ITIs) to employment opportunities that enhance their self-sufficiency to develop their careers in Canada by offering the following services:

  • Paid Work Placement
  • Personalized Career Development Action Plan
  • Individualized Support and Guidance
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Soft Skills Improvement
  • Canadian Workplace Culture Integration

ACCEP assists employers in recruiting, training and retaining Internationally Trained Immigrants (ITIs) in the current labor market by offering the following services:

  • Wage Subsidy Support
  • Pre-screened candidates
  • Access to diverse talent pools
  • Toolkit for recruiting, training and retaining a diverse workforce (http://www.embracediversity.ca/)
  • Staff training on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion


  • Internationally Trained Professionals who are either Permanent Residents or Canadian Citizens in British Columbia and Ontario
  • Lack of Canadian Work Experience in their intended or related field
  • Unemployed, or
  • Working less than 20 hours per week

Contact us for information and registration:

Vancouver Location:
Tel: 778-819-0728 ext. 1011
Email: [email protected]
Address:  #250-3665 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

Toronto Location:
Tel: 416-658-3101
Email: [email protected]
Address: 791 St. Clair West
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1B7

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Chance to Choose: A Youth Employment Program aims to help youth overcome barriers to employment through assessments, group based skills development and work experience with local employers. Youth receive a paid living allowance and wages during their entire time in the program.

What we offer:

Phase 1: Paid Training (4 weeks)
  • Life skills workshops
  • Employability skills workshops
  • Certification training: (additional certifications subject to funding)
    • First Aid
    • Super Host
Phase 2: Work Experience with an Employer (10 weeks)
  • 10 weeks of paid work experience
  • Entry Level Positions
  • Touch back sessions (paid) every Friday at the office for continued training
Phase 3: 12-Week Follow-up
  • 12 week follow-up for employment guidance and help after the program ends


  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee Status (with Permanent Residency and Permanent SIN)
  • Between ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive)
  • Not in receipt of EI in the last five years
  • Not currently working more than 20 hours per week
  • Commitment and flexible schedule
  • No previous participation in a skills link program

Contact us for information and registration

Burnaby Location:
Tel: 604-438-7222
Email: [email protected]
Address:  604-5050 Kingsway
Burnaby BC V5H 4C2

Port Coquitlam Location:
Tel: 604-474-3140
Email: [email protected]
Address:  309-2540 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 3W4

WorkBC Richmond

WorkBC Centre services are funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. WorkBC Richmond offers a range of services to help eligible clients find employment. Services include access to job search resources, employment planning, skills assessment, training, work experience placement and more. Services are tailored to meet individual needs and employment goals.


To be eligible for Employment Services you must be unemployed or precariously employed and legally allowed to work in British Columbia.

You are considered unemployed if you:

  • are not working
  • are working an average of fewer than twenty (20) hours per week; AND
    • are actively seeking full-time employment
    • are unable to work full-time because of a disability, but want to work more hours
  • have received a notice that you will be laid off soon
  • must leave your current job because of a medical reason
  • are at significant risk of losing your employment because of a disability
  • Full time students are not considered unemployed

You may be considered precariously employed if you are:

  • working in unstable or unsustainable employment (employment unlikely to continue long term), including self-employment; or
  • working, but your total employment/self-employment income is below the poverty threshold for your community; or
  • working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future; or
  • working in an occupation or profession that is clearly lower than your qualifications or skills and that provides no imminent prospects for advancement; or
  • working, but could have just cause for leaving your employment.

WorkBC Richmond will help you identify your eligibility for services. Call or visit us for more information

General Services

Services are fully accessible and offered through a variety of delivery methods including:

Staffed Resource Area

  • The centres offer a fully staffed self-serve resource centre for independent job search activities, providing computers and internet access, printers, telephones, fax machines, photocopier and scanning services.
  • You can access a wide variety of job search resources and information on community services.

Job Search Assistance and Workshops

  • Career exploration opportunities can help you succeed in finding a suitable career
  • Job search workshops can help you build important skills and knowledge.

Case Management

  • Case management services can provide you with an opportunity to work collaboratively with an Employment Counsellor.  The Employment Counsellor will help you assess and identify your employment readiness and your specific employment related needs to support your efforts in achieving labour market attachment.  Your Employment Counsellor will also assess your eligibility for services, provide one to one employment counseling, job search support and a referral to the Job Developer for placement services.

Skills Training

  • An Employment Counsellor can help you explore the wide range of B.C. post-secondary education options for pursuing your career goals through skills enhancement such as academic upgrading and training. We can help you address your unique needs training needs through considering upgrading through a university, college or institute program.

Connection to Employers

  • A Job Developer can help to connect you to valuable community and employer contacts for work opportunities and wage subsidy contracts.
  • We also arrange customized job placement and work experience placement services for clients with significant barriers to employment

Self-Employment Services

  • Referral to services that provide support with a business plan development and launch

Financial Supports

  • Short term certifications like First Aid, Food Safe, Super Host etc.
  • Long term Occupational Skills Development training
  • Project Based Labour Market Training
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Wage subsidy contracts leading to permanent placement
  • Job start supports like bus tickets, clothing, work gear etc.
  • Support for single parents on income assistance like schooling, wage subsidy, daycare, transportation etc.

All services are subject to eligibility criteria set by the provincial government. The Richmond WorkBC Centre will help you identify what specialized services you are eligible to receive and meet your needs. Call or visit us for more information.

Specialized services

The goal of WorkBC Employment Services is to support each client on the path to employment by acknowledging strengths, defining challenges, and identifying strategies that will achieve client goals. The following specialized services are available:

  • Specialized services for immigrants, indigenous peoples; persons with multiple barriers; persons with disabilities; survivors of violence and/or abuse; youth; and youth at risk
  • Customized job placement services for persons with disabilities
  • One-going job support and maintenance

The Richmond WorkBC Centre will help you identify what specialized services you are eligible to receive and meet your needs. Call or visit us for more information.

Connect with Richmond WorkBC

There are two ways to get started:

  1. Visit one of our Richmond WorkBC Employment Services Centre site directly, or
  2. Request for services by accessing our Online Registration Application here: https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/WorkBC-Centres/Online-Employment-Services.aspx

Richmond Locations:

Centre 1: Storeys

8111 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC
V6Y 1P5
Tel: 778-732-1529
Fax: 604-231-0345
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://workbccentre-richmond-granville.ca

Centre 2: Ironwood

#1030 – 10820 No. 5 Rd. Richmond, BC
V6W 0B5
Tel: 778-732-4718
Fax: 778-732-4719
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://workbccentre-richmond-no5.ca


Funded by the Government of Canada, the project supports internationally trained professional immigrants to pursue their licensing and credentialing goals in Canada with a low-interest loan. The Project’s staff work with individual clients to map out an achievable plan to attain their licensing, credentialing and employment goals. Together with the financial institution partner, the Project provides clients with financial and integrated program support.

What we offer:

Project features:
  • Individualized support and guidance;
  • Job market navigation;
  • Financial support; and
  • Mentoring & coaching.
Eligible Costs:
  • The FCR loan can be used to cover the following costs:
  • Tuition for short-term (two years or less) training
  • Exam fees with a professional governing association
  • Travel expenses to write an exam
  • Qualification assessments fees
  • Professional association fees
  • Books and course materials


Internationally trained professionals who meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident in BC or an individual granted refugee status in Canada and who is legally permitted to work in Canada
  • Has obtained credentials outside of Canada; and
  • Is seeking to have his or her credentials recognized in Canada or is undertaking training for an alternative career or both.

How to apply

The first step to joining the program is booking an appointment with a case manager at our office and coming in for registration and assessment to determine your needs and how we can help you.

Should you wish to go ahead, you can call the program with the following information:

  • Profession
  • Country of Origin
  • Year of entry into Canada

Contact us for information and registration:

Tel: 778-819-0728 ext. 1001
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fcrloan.ca
Address:  #218-3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2

Other Locations:

Richmond area *by appointment
Surrey area *by appointment
Tri-cities area *by appointment
Pender Service Centre (Vancouver) *by appointment
Fort St. John (Northern BC) (Online outreach) *by appointment


Youth Employment Connect – Training for Jobs (YEC-TFJ) project provides individualized guided support and structured group-based training to young adults aged 17 – 29 (inclusive) to pursue sustainable employment in two growing sectors in BC: Marketing & Sales (M&S) and Information & Communication Technology (ICT).

What we offer:

Financial Support

  • Transit fare for training and job interviews
  • Criminal record check (when required by the employer)
  • Contingency child care
  • Training completion bonus

Employer Hiring Incentives

  • Employer Wage Subsidy available as a hiring incentive and support for sustainable employment


  • 3 weeks of Group-Base Skills Training
    • Marketing & Sales Sector-Specific Skills
    • Soft Skills
    • Job Search & Job Maintenance Skills
  • 4 weeks of One-on-One Support, Intensive Job Search and Individualized Coaching
  • Plus 16 weeks of ongoing follow up


  • 3 weeks of Group-Base Skills Training
    • ICT Sector-Specific Skills
    • Soft Skills
    • Workplace Essential & Job Maintenance Skills
  • 4 weeks of One-on-One Support, Intensive Job Search and Individualized Coaching
  • Plus 16 weeks of ongoing follow up


  • A young adult between the ages of 17-29 inclusive
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person
  • Unemployed or Underemployed
  • Not a full-time student
  • Not participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program
  • Residents of Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Have education, experience related to the Marketing & Sales sector or ICT sector

Contact us for information and registration

Tel: 604-468-6007
Fax: 604-464-6830
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Youthemployment17-29
Address 1: #2138-1163 Pinetree Way, Henderson Place, Coquitlam, BC V3B 8A9
Address 2: #218-3665 Kingsway, Boundary Plaza, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2