The right skills equal a proven advantage. British Columbia (B.C.) is building strong opportunities for apprentices and tradespersons. The B.C. Government is making significant investments in training and attracting skilled workers to give British Columbians access to in-demand jobs, and to meet the growing demand for skilled workers.
An additional 32,000 post-secondary student spaces have been created at B.C. colleges and universities since 2001; this includes 7,000 apprenticeship training spaces.
B.C. is investing in the trades. As a responsible tradesperson, you invest in B.C. when you report your employment, business, or subcontractor income. Just say "No thanks" to cash jobs.
Become an Apprentice
Industry Training Authority
The provincial Crown agency responsible for overseeing B.C.'s industry training and apprenticeship system. Visit their Web site to find information on:
Here you can learn about B.C.’s Public Post-Secondary Apprenticeship and Foundation Trades Training programs and view schedules offered by the 16 member institutions.
Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)
PCTIA was created to carry out the important role of student protection. It sets basic education standards for registered private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality which must be met by accredited institutions. Private career training institutions in BC enroll over 51,000 students each year.
Helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and special programs.
Start a Business
Resource Centre for Small Business
Our goal is to become the most business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. This we site will connect you to the many programs and resources available to help you grow your small business in B.C.
OneStop Business Registry
A public-sector partnership offering integrated business registration.
Know Your Rights
Dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of British Columbia.
- Construction Portal
Safety at Work centre for the Construction industry.
- Injury Prevention Resources for Construction
- Worker Centre
Your rights and responsibilities, what to do if you're injured, how to safely recover from an injury, and return to work.
- Personal Optional Protection
Individuals who are not automatically covered by the Workers Compensation Act, such as people who are self-employed, are eligible to apply for Personal Optional Protection.
BC Employment Standards Branch
Administers the Employment Standards Act and Regulation, which set minimum standards of wages and working conditions in most workplaces.