“When I came to Canada, I didn’t know any English. Now I have a job and I’m able to communicate with other people, thanks to MOSAIC.”

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Information for Newcomers: Employment and Starting a Business

Meet a Settlement Worker

MOSAIC settlement workers have supported thousands of newcomers in identifying their needs and making a plan for settling in the Lower Mainland. You can talk to your settlement worker about any of the topics on this page, or attend a workshop. Our services are free for permanent residents and live-in caregivers.
Our settlement workers speak English and one or more of the following languages:
Français فارسی Kinyarwa كوردى Kiswahili
عربي Filipino Kirundi Русский Türkçe
中文 日本語 한국어 Español Việt Ngữ

Employment and Starting a Business

Employment services

WorkBC provides employment services to eligible British Columbians, helping them to better understand the local labour market and gain job-search skills. You can attend workshops on résumé/cover-letter writing, interview skills, etc. Some programs offer financial assistance for skills upgrades to advance in your chosen career. WorkBC centres may have computer labs that job seekers can use for free.

There are special programs designed for newcomer job seekers. For example, mentoring programs match skilled immigrants with mentors who have the same skill set or work in the same field. The mentors, who have experience working in Canada, share their experiences with the newcomers. Settlement workers often provide workshops regarding such topics as Canadian workplace culture and employer expectations.

Foreign credential evaluation

Many skilled immigrants require foreign credential recognition. Visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for more information.

Starting a business

Entrepreneurs must be aware of the many rules and regulations around starting and running a business in Canada – for example, business registration. Some colleges offer courses on starting a business. Settlement workers may also offer introductory workshops on this topic. Additionally, organizations like Small Business BC are dedicated to supporting local entrepreneurs and business owners.

Back to Information for Newcomers

MOSAIC believes in providing support to clients while receiving services. Please visit our dedicated client subsection that provides information on

  • Client Rights and Responsibilities,
  • Opportunity to tell your story,
  • Client satisfaction survey, and
  • Complaints procedures...by clicking here.