Victoria & Area Employment Assistance Resources

Beacon Community Services
2723 Quadra St
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.

Bridges For Women Society
1809 Douglas St
Employment program designed to foster confidence and independence & increase employment options for women facing employment barriers due to having experienced violence/abuse. Bridges For Women Online: web-based employability program (1-866-896-3356). Bridges Victoria Community Handbook is an excellent guide to local resources.

Community Living Victoria
3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road
Employment services, housing and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families including in-home assistance for parents with disabilities.

Community Micro Lending
202-2610 Douglas Street
Community Micro Lending makes loans to people who have a good idea and the ability to carry it out, but don’t qualify for credit at a bank.

Cool Aid
102-749 Pandora Avenue (admin office)
Can refer clients to most services they need. Provides assistance with health care at community health and dental clinic (low-coast or free), has a community casual labour pool, downtown activity centre with internet access, coffee in the AM, games and other activities, REES (Research, Education, Employment and Support) Network- for people with mental illness & their family members which provides training, peer support, opportunities for education, community integration, and life enrichment.

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
1240 Gladstone Ave
Recreation programs, family support services/programs, housing referrals, childcare, Best Babies prenatal nutrition program.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available.

Job Options BC
Sprott-Shaw Community College
2621 Douglas St., Second Floor
A program designed for unemployed adults who are not collecting EI, which provides paid training and work experience for eligible adults who are unemployed and not collecting EI. Contact above for more information.

John Howard Society of Victoria
2675 Bridge St
BladeRunners Program for women/men 17 to 30 years interested in working in construction or hospitality. Cannot be EI eligible, in school or working. Provides safety training, life skills and employment support. Kidstart Mentoring Program for youth at risk of criminal involvement. Promotes opportunities to engage in healthy activities. Community Justice Initiatives is an innovative out of court process based on Restorative Justice practices. Referrals come from Saanich police. Community Outreach and Drop-In Referral Services provides referral/information services to prisoners and ex-prisoners, their families and the general public.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association
345 Wale Rd.
email youth counseling at
Employment, counseling, and advocacy services available, including programs for youth & families, women who have experienced abuse and men who have behaved abusively in an intimate relationship. Also offers crisis intervention and drug and alcohol outpatient treatment. email youth counseling at

PEERS (Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resource Society)
1-744 Fairview Road
Resource society for sex trade workers. Late-night mobile outreach includes warm beverages and foods, access to nurse & doctor and other services. Offer assistance with: finding housing/emergency shelter, transition to other work (6-month program and some scholarships available).

Salvation Army
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.

Victoria Disability Resource Centre
817 A Fort Street
Offers employment and referral services, peer support and parking permits. The Assistive Technology Centre: allows an opportunity to assess and train with assistive computer technology.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd Floor, 637 Bay St
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) 
533 Yates St
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team.

Wear 2 Start Society
216-733 Johnson St
Outfits unemployed women for job interviews, including hair and makeup services. Clients must be referred from a local job preparation/training/education agency.

Women's Enterprise Center
777 Fort Street
Offers skills development coaching/training for entrepreneurs, business advice/mentoring, networking opportunities, small business loans and professional guidance.