What We Do

If you’re a newcomer with professional experience but struggling to find work, Career Paths can help you re-align your profession to a career in BC by focusing services to your education, training and experience in:

Regulated occupations requiring an educational certificate and experience

Unregulated professions or alternative careers not requiring a license

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants:

  • provides self-paced, flexible services
  • provides access to funded skills training and upgrading
  • helps you gain Canadian work experience
  • connects you with a dynamic support system and an expert team of Case Managers, Facilitators and Employer Relations Specialists
You can join if you are:
  • A resident of City of Vancouver and the Kootenay, Thompson/Okanagan and Cariboo North regions
  • Permanent resident within last 5 years
  • Three (3) years' pre-arrival experience in field (one year if 19-30 years of age)
  • Minimum CLB 6 for regulated professions
  • Minimum CLB 5 for unregulated professions
  • Pre-arrival experience
  • Underemployed and unemployed
  • Not receiving EI or BCEA
Locations Available
  • Vancouver
  • Nelson/Castlegar
  • Prince George
  • Delivery partners' locations in Victoria (Intercultural Association of BC), Thompson-Okanagan (KCR Community Resources)


  • In-person and remote services available through online sessions
  • program is 20 months long for regulated professions; 11 months for unregulated professions
  • action planning tailored to your career goals
  • evaluation and assessment of your credentials
  • referral to occupation-specific language training
  • one-on-one job search support for your targeted occupation
  • funded skills training and upgrading
  • connections with mentors and employers
  • work placement and practicum opportunities
  • exploration of alternative careers

Success Story

Single-minded focus and hard work lead to desired job in just one year

English was not the only barrier that Shadi faced when she began her job search. But this mining engineer made full use of the career advice she received at ISSofBC and the services available to her. A year after arriving here, she was working in a comparable capacity at a BC Cleantech company.

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Ready to get started?

Vancouver: 616-333 Terminal Avenue, V6A 4C1
Phone: 604-590-4021 – Fax: 604-689-1305
Email: careerpaths@issbc.org

Nelson – Castlegar: 3-86 Baker Street, V1L 4G9
Phone: 250-509-0286
Email: careerpathskootenay@issbc.org

Prince George: 2211 Nicholson St. S, V2N 1V9
Phone: 778-990-8653
Email: careerpathsnorth@issbc.org