One in ten Canadians has a disability and nearly 49 per cent are unemployed or under-employed. The BC Partners in Workforce Innovation Pilot Project, a new approach to addressing workforce demands that was launched on June 3, 2015, is helping employers access a largely untapped pool of job candidates. The project matches potential employees ready to work in particular sectors to employer partners – London Drugs, Seaspan, CREW Management, Canucks Autism Network and the BC Construction Association – that are the first to be involved in the project.
The newly launched website for the project – www.bcpartnerswin.org – is posting job opportunities weekly in the retail, construction and hospitality industries in the Lower Mainland, and successful matches have already been made. We encourage people who are interested in employment to visit the new BC Partners in Workforce Innovation website regularly to find out about potential job opportunities in Greater Vancouver.
The three-year collaborative Workforce Innovation Project is designed to meet the workforce needs of BC businesses and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The pilot is being led by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Community Living BC, Open Door Group, Neil Squire Society, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (representing the BC Employment Network), BC Centre for Ability and Flaherty and Associates.