Our employment services are tailored to your needs and offered individually or in groups. They are available to permanent residents, work permit holders and naturalized citizens of Canada.
Our employment services cover a large number of topics. Here is an overview of how we can help:
CV & Cover letter :
- Understand how to properly write a CV.
- Know how to use the right resume format, chronological versus functional;
- The importance of the cover letter in BC and making sure to include the right elements;
- Techniques to adapt your CV well to each application;
- Access to resources. For example, a list of adjectives linked to skills according to profession etc. linked to a list of action verbs in English.
- Adopt job search methodology specific to B.C. (networking, information interviews, LinkedIn, etc.);
- Direct connections to potential employers;
- Gaining the tools to develop your network as a new arrival;
- Discover how volunteering is crucial to the job search;
- Know what to avoid and what not to do when looking for work;
- Information on the skilled trades and options for you;
- Pick a skilled job and or in line with your qualifications and experience;
- Access to a job bank and indexing process;
- Good attitudes to adopt
- Understanding the expectations of Canadian employers
- Developing your professional pitch and knowing how to sell yourself;
Click here to make an appointment with an employment specialist.
02Assistance with settling down in your new province
Settling down in in British Columbia, whether you come alone or with your family, involves several administrative steps. Our settlement officers assess your needs and provide support throughout the process.
Below is a list of some of the services of which you may take advantage:
- Information on administrative procedures (SIN, phone, driving licence, etc.)
- Help and guidance in finding accommodation
- Information and assistance at the request of the board of health insurance (MSP)
- Connection to the school system for children and information on post-secondary institutions
- Information on child care -
- Understanding the banking system and help with opening an account
- Recommendation for the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) program (*note this program is exclusively offered to permanent residents)
03Community integration (Naturalized Citizen)
Did you know that you can make a big difference in your community, while growing your personal and professional network? Our settlement officers help you connect with your community.
Here is an overview of how our actions can help:
- Volunteer opportunities with Francophone organizations
- Information on community activities in your area
- Connections with professional groups
- Exchanging experiences between citizens and immigrants in support groups
04Community integration (Permanent Resident)
Did you know that creating ties within your host community greatly facilitates your integration into your new country?
Our settlement officers help you make those connections with your community through initiatives such as:
- The Horizon B.C. twinning program which is the connection between a newcomer and a well-established volunteer member of the community;
- Social Networking activities and community connection, such as the annual open houses, BBQs for permanent residents, etc.
- Support and conversation groups that let you discuss a specific topic with people who have lived through or are living through the same experience as you.
05Extend or modify the conditions of your stay
Our settlement officers give you information on the various immigration programs available to you to extend your stay in Canada.
However, our officers cannot do the work of lawyers and immigration consultants.
Extend a work permit or change the conditions of stay
- Ordinary permit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/travailler/prolonger.asp
- Permits for the International Experience category (youth mobility) : http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/travailler/prolonger/eic.asp
Change categories of youth mobility program :
Journey to permanent residence :
- By Province : https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-to-BC/BC-Provincial-Nominee-Program
- The Express Entry : http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/immigrer/qualifie
06Who can help you?
Thank you for your interest in Horizon B.C.
Unfortunately, at this stage, Horizon B.C. cannot help you in your efforts. Horizon B.C. is mandated to help people who already have an immigration status to settle in B.C. Only the Government of Canada through IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and the government of the province of British Columbia via WelcomeBC will be able to support you in your immigration process.
However, below you will find two links to assist you with assessing your eligibility and discovering the different resources available to you to immigrate to Canada:
- Determine CIC eligibility: http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/avant-de-commencer.asp
- Welcome BC: https://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate-to-BC
Also, you can consider several pathways for settling in British Columbia:
- An application for permanent residence, which you can make at the federal level by creating a profile in the Express Entry pool (which requires preliminary steps, like passing one or some language exams and having your credentials assessed: http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/immigrer/qualifie/index.asp ) or at the provincial level through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) British Columbia (http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/About-the-BC-PNP/Express-Entry-British-Columbia.aspx);
- A temporary work permit request. It could be a WHP if you are under 35 years of age, a closed work permit between you and your employer, or the Francophone Mobility program which came into force in June 2016 (http://www.cic.gc.ca/francais/travailler/demande-qui.asp )
We hope this information will be helpful. We wish you every success in your installation project in Canada. Once you get status in Canada, contact us so we can help you prepare your system and your job search in Canada.
07Support to employers
Whether you are looking for candidates with a specific profile or looking to fill several positions within your company, we understand that it is sometimes difficult to find the ideal candidates.
Each year, Horizon B.C. serves more than 800 French job seekers who hold permanent residency, citizenship or a work permit. We work to help them prepare for the labour market in British Columbia.
Here’s how we can help :
- Access to a pool of candidates with a variety of skills, experience and certifications to meet your company's specific needs;
- Publication of your job postings on our website, our social networks and our job newsletter;
- Ability to screen candidates to ensure that their profile corresponds to the job;
- Free participation in job fairs, 5-7 networking and other employment activities that will allow you to present your business and meet potential candidates;
- Free and personalized services according to your needs with one of our employment specialists.
Do you want to work with us? Do you any other questions? Contact us today and we will be happy to assist you and respond to your recruitment needs.
The Réseau en immigration francophone de la Colombie-Britannique [Francophone Immigration Network of British Columbia] (RIFCB) is a community partnership that aims to:
- promote partnerships and ensure consultation with stakeholders in different sectors (community, private, semi-public, governments and municipalities);
- identify needs, strengths and weaknesses of the community and newcomers in the different stages of the continuum of integration;
- develop action plans in Francophone immigration to meet the needs strengths and weaknesses identified and guide national priorities for francophone immigration;
- sensitize, mobilize and support the community and partners in the implementation of an action plan for Francophone immigration.
The RIFCB's work follows a 5-year cycle, which includes a needs assessment and the development of strategic planning and creating an action plan, and finally implementation.
- 1. Collaboration platform
- 2. Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning
- 3. Plan of action
- 4. Implementation
The strategic plan in Francophone immigration in British Columbia currently in effect covers the period 2015-2019. (Downloadable PDF link on "strategic plan")
At present, the RIFCB brings together 28 members, divided into four working groups according to their mandate and expertise:
- Promotion and Recruitment
- Welcome and establishment
- Economic Integration
- Social and cultural integration
In 2017, the priority of RIFCB and its working groups will be the implementation of the 2015-2019 strategic planning, through concrete initiatives and projects to support the achievement of strategic objectives in terms of Francophone immigration and the lines of action that result.
The RIFCB also coordinates several key activities for the development and enhancement of the community, such as the celebration of National Francophone Immigration Week.
The Réseau en immigration francophone de la Colombie-Britannique includes the following organizations:
- Association des francophones et francophiles du nord-ouest (AFFNO)
- Association francophone de Surrey (AFS)
- Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver
- Centre d’intégration pour immigrants africains (CIIA)
- Cercle des Canadiens français de Prince George
- Chambre de commerce francophone de Vancouver
- Conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CCAFCB)
- Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB)
- Fédération des parents francophones in British Columbia (FPFCB)
- Guide du croutard
- La Boussole
- Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
- Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique
- Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB)
- Société francophone de Maillardville (SFM)
- Société francophone de Victoria
The RIFCB also has two observer members:
- BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
In addition to these organizations, immigrants, entrepreneurs and employers enrich the work of the working groups by providing them with their perspective, their experience and expertise.
If you wish to become a member of RIFCB and get involved in one of its working groups, contact us !
The RIFCB is recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as a key partner in supporting the Government of Canada's efforts to meet Francophone immigration objectives.
The field meeting is a collaborative framework for francophone officers from settling service providers and front line agents of Francophone organizations working with immigrants.
This collaborative forum allows agents to get to know one other better, and to share best practices and sources to assist francophone immigrants with better integration. Members of the field meeting meet once per month or every third Wednesday of the month.
Would you like to join this group and discuss the practices and challenges of your organization as a service supplier to immigrants? Complete the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible!