Refugee Employment

Since the influx of Syrian refugees into BC, many employers have come forward with an interest in hiring refugees. However, few “job matches” have been made. This has largely been due to the fact that many of these newest refugees have arrived with limited English language skills and / or limited transferable training and work experience. As a result, many will require specialized employment and workplace supports.

To obtain an increased understanding of the skills and abilities of Metro Vancouver refugees and to facilitate refugee workforce entry, the MVRRT has conducted a survey of employers. Key findings from this report are available in our report. Click here to download the report (PDF).

BC Refugees JobConnect

BC Refugees JobConnect is an online tool designed to support connection between job-ready refugees and employers. This Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) project collects information on the skills, education and work experience of BC’s recently arrived refugees to create occupational profiles or online resumes. These profiles are then promoted out to BC employers via the BC Refugees Job Connect website and the employer networks of IEC-BC.

BC Refugees JobConnect assists refugees who:

  • Have arrived in Canada in the last five years;
  • Speak English at a lower, intermediate or higher level;
  • Are ready to work; and
  • Have a resume or CV.

Job seekers and employers go to to upload information or to find workers. If you need help using the online tool, contact:

Fionan Griffin
Projects Coordinator
Immigrant Employment Council of BC
604.629.5364 ext.111