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Richmond Community Services Directory

 Employment A to Z Directory

The following is a full list of all the services found in the Richmond Community Services Directory.

Last updated: Aug 11, 2014

If you can't find what you are looking for, don't forget to visit the Richmond Low-Income Resource Directory for a listing of programs and services for those in need or contact Volunteer Richmond Information Services.


BC Centre for Ability - Richmond Office
158 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.bc-cfa.org
Phone:  604-451-5511
Fax:  604-451-5611
E-mail: info@bc-cfa.org

Provides therapy, rehabilitation, and vocational services to children, youth, and adults with physical, neurological, and developmental challenges. Offers community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and adults with disabilities and their families in ways that facilitate and build competencies and foster inclusion. The head office is located at 2805 Kingsway Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5R 5H9.

Program(s):
Abilities in Mind (AIM)
AIM is a program created in consultation with employers to build workplace inclusion with persons with disabilities. The focus is on creating capacity within organizations to provisions of training, consultation and resources.
The Opportunities Fund
Provides funding for training, wage subsidy, and disability supports to assist individuals with a permanent disability or a medical condition to secure employment or establish self employment. Individuals must have been ineligible for Employment Insurance in the past 3 years.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Richmond Branch
7351 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1B8   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.cmha.bc.ca
Phone:  604-276-8834
Fax:  604-276-0342
E-mail: info.richmond@cmha.bc.ca

Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.

Program(s):
Pathways Clubhouse
A Clubhouse Model program, accredited by the Clubhouse International. Offers hope, encouragement and opportunities to people whose lives have been shattered by mental illness. Helps members recover from mental illness and reclaim their lives through a supportive environment that focuses on the person’s strengths and talents, rather than illness. Creates opportunities for members to return to school, gain employment, have a place to live, connect with their families, make new friends, and create multiple successes. Also provides mental health public education to increase awareness and understanding of issues and concerns about mental illness and mental health.

Chimo Community Services (formerly CHIMO Community Services)
120 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.chimoservices.com
Phone:  604-279-7077
Fax:  604-279-7075
E-mail: chimo@chimoservices.com

A non-profit organization specializing in community development and social services supporting residents, newcomers, and refugees. Provides assistance to newcomers, community education to elementary and high school students, crisis intervention, counselling, support groups, and volunteer training. All services are free and confidential.

Program(s):
Outreach and Advocacy Service
A free and confidential advocacy service that supports people in areas of employment, housing, income assistance and other government benefits, family violence, pensions, disabilities, and taxes.

Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA)
100 - 3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9778
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: info@develop.bc.ca

The DDA is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children, adults, and their families with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Their mission is to enable people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential.

Program(s):
Jobs West
411 - 2150 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC   V6K 4L9   (Map)
Web site: www.jobswestdda.ca
Phone:  604-732-7776
Fax:  604-732-7841
E-mail: dmeinhardt@develop.bc.ca
An employment service for adults with developmental disabilities. It helps employers match, train, and keep qualified staff. Participants must be eligible for services through Community Living BC.
Starworks - Packing and Assembly
276 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver,  BC   V5X 2R5   (Map)
Web site: www.starworks.ca
Phone:  604-879-8457
Fax:  604-879-7441
E-mail: starworks@develop.bc.ca
Starworks is a social enterprise created to hire individuals with barriers to employment to perform light labour, knitting, packaging, and assembly work. Employs over 50 casual workers in a 5000 square foot warehouse with the capacity to handle all types of work that require high volumes of manual labour.

Environmental Youth Corp (EYC)
Web site: www.eco.ca/hr-services/wage-subsidy-internships/
Phone:  403-233-0748
Fax:  403-269-9544
Toll Free:  1-800-890-1924
E-mail: eyc@eco.ca

This youth employment initiative is designed to help new graduates transition into permanent, full-time employment in the environmental sector. ECO Canada offers a wage subsidy (33% up to a maximum of $12,000) to help offset any risk associated with hiring a new-graduate. For more information on the program or to apply to become an intern, visit the website.


Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
110 - 5751 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A8   (Map)
Web site: www.issbc.org
Phone:  604-637-1307
E-mail: elsa.richmond@issbc.org

The largest, multicultural, immigrant-serving agency in western Canada. Provides a variety of employment and settlement services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities, and works with over 23,000 clients per year. An additional location is at 150 - 8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3L4.

Program(s):
Skills Connect for Immigrants
Phone:  604-637-1307
E-mail: skillsconnect@issbc.org
Newly-arrived skilled immigrants can get one-on-one counseling to help upgrade their existing credentials through skills training at educational institutes. Newcomers are provided job search assistance, English training, and workshops like Soft Skills for the Canadian Workplace. Available at Cedarbridge location.

Jewish Family Service Agency
305 - 1985 West Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V6J 4Y3   (Map)
Web site: www.jfsa.ca
Phone:  604-257-5151
Fax:  604-257-5148
E-mail: info@jfsa.ca

JFSA delivers a continuum of social services to individuals and families of all ages and stages of life, supporting them to live healthy and productive lives.

Program(s):
Employment Services
Assists clients in their job search through various programs, including career exploration & coaching, planning, and employment workshops. Establishes relationships with employers and provides them with customized recruitment solutions that meet their business needs. For more information on the employment workshops, please contact Employment Counsellors Mary Irvine at 604-637-3314 and mirvine@jfsa.ca or Naz Gurbuz at 604-257-5151 and ngurbuz@jfsa.ca.

Labour Relations Board British Columbia
600 - 1066 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6E 3X1   (Map)
Web site: www.lrb.bc.ca
Phone:  604-660-1300
Fax:  604-660-1892
E-mail: information@lrb.bc.ca

An independent, administrative tribunal with the mandate to mediate and adjudicate employment and labour relations matters related to unionized workplaces. Governs all aspects of collective bargaining amongst provincially-regulated employers and employees, including the acquisition of collective bargaining rights, the process of collective bargaining, the settlement and regulation of disputes in public and private sectors, and the regulation of the representation of persons by their bargaining agents.


Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver
3292 East Broadway
Vancouver,  BC    V5M 1Z8   (Map)
Web site: www.ldav.ca
Phone:  604-873-8139
Fax:  604-873-8140
E-mail: info@ldav.ca

The Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver (LDAV) is a registered charity that offers affordable and accessible remedial teaching programs to children and youth ages 7 to 17 with suspected or diagnosed Learning Disabilities. Through individualized one-to-one remedial tutoring, children and youth have access to the tools they need to increase self-esteem and achieve academic success. We also offer social skills programs as well as bursary and advocacy support for parents.

Program(s):
Leadership Education and Employment Program (LEEP)
This program provides youth aged 14-17 with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, training certificates and on-the-job training to ensure a successful transition to the workplace.

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
PO Box 9594 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC    V8W 9K4   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/jtst/
Phone:  250-387-3117
Fax:  250-356-5186
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3316
E-mail: labour.ministry@gov.bc.ca

Responsibilities include industrial relations, employment standards, workers compensation, and labour relations.

Program(s):
Employers' Advisers
620 - 8100 Granville Ave.
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/eao/
Phone:  604-713-0303
Fax:  604-713-0345
Toll Free:  1-800-925-2233
E-mail: eao@eao-bc.org
Employers' Advisers provide independent advice, assistance, representation, and training to employers, potential employers, and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues.
Employment Standards Branch
PO Box 9570 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria,  BC   V8W 2B7   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/
Fax:  250-356-1886
Toll Free:  1-800-663-3316
Administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.
Workers' Advisers
500 - 8100 Granville Ave.
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 3T6   (Map)
Web site: www.labour.gov.bc.ca/wab/
Phone:  604-713-0360
Fax:  604-713-0311
Toll Free:  1-800-663-4261
Advisers provide direct assistance in resolving claims problems with the WCB and gather evidence to advance the inquiry system. Clients are provided with representation in cases involving complex legal, medical, or policy issues where there is no alternate representative, and where there is merit.

Ministry of Social Development - Richmond Employment and Assistance Centre
100 - 5760 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A9   (Map)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/hsd
Phone:  604-660-2421
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
E-mail: EnquiryBC@gov.bc.ca

Focuses on the customer by transforming the delivery of services, using effective and outcome-based practices, and working in collaboration with ministries, other levels of government and business, community and service organizations to create a province in which British Columbians in need are assisted to achieve their social and economic potential.

Program(s):
BC Employment and Assistance
Web site: www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/bcea.htm
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
Assists British Columbians by moving them from income assistance to sustainable employment, and by providing income assistance to those who are unable to fully participate in the workforce. People with disabilities who can work are supported by specialized employment programs that assist them. Assistance is also available to those in need who are not expected to gain independence through employment. Applicants are expected to look for work before they receive assistance and, where able, people receiving income assistance are expected to complete an Employment Plan, seek work, and participate in employment programs.
Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD)
Web site: www.gov.bc.ca/meia/online_resource/employment_strategy_for_persons_with_disabilities/
Provides a range of specialized services to help individuals with disabilities participate in their communities, pursue their employment goals, increase their self-reliance, and build skills and experience that may lead to further employment or volunteer opportunities. Assists persons with disabilities to achieve their economic and social potential.
Employment Program of BC
290 - 3631 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC   Web site: www.workbc.ca/workbccentres/welcome.htm
Phone:  778-732-0285
Fax:  778-732-0281
Only new BCEA clients with employment obligations that have been identified by the ministry are formally referred to the EPBC. Service providers assess if a person using EPBC services needs more than self-serve services. If needed, service providers can contact the ministry requesting a formal referral to the EPBC to provide them with case management. Ministry staff will complete a new Employment Plan for the client. Makes it easier for people to find work and provide stability for their families through a range of employment services and supports.
Family Maintenance Program
Web site: www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/publicat/bcea/fmp.htm
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
The parent who has custody of the child(ren), even shared custody, may be entitled to receive maintenance payments from the other parent. The Child Support Guidelines set out the amount of maintenance to be paid. When maintenance payments are either late or absent, families can turn to BC Employment and Assistance (BCEA) for support. For BCEA clients, the Ministry of Social Development’s Family Maintenance Program will provide assistance to obtain the maintenance order they are entitled to.
Self Serve Assessment and Application Tool
Web site: www.weborientation.gov.bc.ca
Toll Free:  1-866-866-0800
For those who are considering applying for BC Employment and Income Assistance. Learn about the process of applying for income assistance and the eligibility requirements. Offers a rough estimate of how much assistance individuals might be eligible for each month. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Multicultural Helping House Society
4802 Fraser Street
Vancouver,  BC    V5V 4H4   (Map)
Web site: www.helpinghouse.ca
Phone:  604-879-3277
Fax:  604-879-3327
E-mail: info@helpinghouse.org

Dedicated to helping immigrants integrate into the community. Believes in empowering individuals to become contributing members of Canada. Offers respite housing, newcomer orientation, life skills training, employment networking, income tax return services, social support and form-filling assistance, free workshops on employment standards and Labour Code, mental wellness immigration processes and options, English communication skills, first-aid training, basic financial literacy and computer classes. Services are offered in English, Filipino, and Bangla.


Public Service Commission - BC Mainland Office
Sinclair Centre, 210 - 757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6C 3M2   (Map)
Web site: www.jobs-emplois.gc.ca/index-eng.htm
Toll Free:  1-800-645-5605
E-mail: cfp.emplois-jobs.psc@cfp-psc.gc.ca

Offers job seeking tools and job postings with the government. Business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Program(s):
Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
Provides full-time students with work experience related to their field of study and to provide them with learning opportunities. Also gives full-time secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute, and university students employment opportunities that will enrich their academic program and develop skills in preparation for future careers.
Post-Secondary Recruitment Program
Provides entry-level officer positions to university and college graduates. Positions are available across Canada, in a variety of fields and work environments. Individuals may apply to different career opportunities or to the general inventory.

Richmond Women's Resource Centre Association
110 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondwomenscentre.bc.ca
Phone:  604-279-7060
Fax:  604-279-7069
E-mail: office.rwrc@shawcable.com

Provides a supportive environment in which all women are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential. Services include information and referral, peer support, a volunteer program, training services, and a resource library. Provides English conversation classes, computer training, a single mother’s support group, a grandmother’s support group, and more. Some programs require membership, for more information please contact us Monday to Thursday 10:30am to 3:30pm. Our office will be closed for the summer from July 4th and will reopen on September 2nd 2014.

Program(s):
Work Ready Program
Web site: www.richmondwomenscentre.bc.ca/help-groups/programs/14-work-ready-program
A three month intensive work-readiness program that includes office and computer training, business English conversation and writing, workshops in job search skills, vocational and educational advice, and volunteer and practicum experience. The program teaches skills like English writing, business correspondence, job search, and interview skills.

Richmond Youth Service Agency (RYSA)
100 - 7900 Alderbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A5   (Map)
Web site: www.rysa.bc.ca
Phone:  604-271-7600
Fax:  604-271-7626
E-mail: info@rysa.bc.ca

Aims to provide programs and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of Richmond children, youth, and families. Offers a number of services and programs in Richmond including: counselling for children and youth, a youth centre in Richmond, a career program, after school programs, volunteering and leadership opportunities, special events and celebrations, and an Aboriginal centre.

Program(s):
Job Options BC Program and Urban Older Workers Program
E-mail: joboptionsbc@rysa.bc.ca
An employment and training program designed to help unemployed local residents find new employment opportunities. There are two streams of the Job Options Program: one for age 18 and up and the Urban Older Workers Program that specializes in job seekers who are 55 and older. The program provides career exploration, skill development, short-term training, a training allowance, and subsidized work experience placements. Participants are provided support both in class and on the job support for up to 6 months. Training allowances can be provided for up to 6 weeks and wage subsidies for up to 12 weeks. Additional resources are available to support participants with start up costs for uniforms, supplies and other materials, as well as transportation.
Pathways Aboriginal Centre (PAC)
E-mail: jelica.shaw@rysa.bc.ca
A gathering place for Aboriginal children, youth, and families with activities towards increasing cultural awareness and connection, health and wellness, and support for Aboriginal people to achieve their goals. Services include one-to-one support, group activities and workshops, life skills, career exploration, school support and tutoring, mentorship, cultural teachings and ceremonies, health and wellness workshops, gardening, cooking and sharing of food, family nights, special events and community development and education. The Centre works to celebrate and share Aboriginal culture annually through National Aboriginal Day celebrations. The centre often offers short term activities, camps, cultural learning, arts and crafts, and information and learning series for Aboriginal people and supporters.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
220 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.success.bc.ca
Phone:  604-279-7180
Fax:  604-279-7188

Builds bridges, harvests diversity, and fosters integration through service and advocacy. Provides assistance at all stages of the Canadian experience. Delivers a multitude of services in the areas of settlement, employment, health, and housing as well as business, economic, community and social development. Recognized as one of BC’s largest social service providers. Proudly serves communities in the Lower Mainland, Fort St. John and overseas in Taipei, Taiwan and Seoul, Korea.

Program(s):
Employment Counselling and Training Program
Phone:  604-231-3344
Fax:  604-231-0345
Offers employment services to EI clients, the unemployed, or immigrants and services to employers. Programs and services include A Chance to Choose, Employment Program of BC, Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project, Immigrants in Trades Training Initiative, Job Options BC, Self-Employment Program; and Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity.

Service Canada Centre (Richmond)
350 - 5611 Cooney Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3J6   (Map)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/hr-display.cgi?rc=5912&ln=eng
Phone:  604-273-6431
Fax:  604-666-1119
TDD:  1-800-926-9105
Toll Free:  1-800-622-6232

Services offered by this branch include disability benefits, employment insurance, labour market information and social insurance number applications. For job searches, see also www.jobbank.gc.ca. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Program(s):
Compassionate Care Benefits
Web site: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/faq/faq_compassionate_care_individuals.shtml
These benefits may be paid, up to a maximum of six weeks, to a person who has to be absent from work to provide care or support to a family member who is at risk of dying within 26 weeks. Individuals must show that their weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% and have accumulated more than 600 insured hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of their claim. See online for definitions, forms, and current application processing times.
Employment Insurance (EI)
Web site: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/index.shtml
Provides temporary income support to those who are between jobs, cannot work for reasons of sickness, childbirth, or parenting, or who are providing care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.

Skills Connect for Immigrants Program
110 - 6651 Elmbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V7C 5C2   (Map)
Web site: www.skillsconnect.ca
Phone:  604-273-7600
Fax:  604-273-1177
Toll Free:  1-877-277-4832
E-mail: info@skillsconnect.ca

Aims to provide immigrants who are permanent residents of BC with opportunities to access the resources, support, and know-how necessary to find paid employment in their field of expertise. Assists clients with skill assessment, career counseling and planning, foreign credential recognition, licensing, skill and language upgrading, and workplace practice opportunities to provide them with valuable Canadian work experience. Focuses on all employment sectors: skilled and professional immigrants as well as lesser-skilled immigrants.