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WorkBC Employment Services Program for Unemployed British Columbians

Through the WorkBC program, Beacon provides a wide range of services and supports to help adults of all ages improve employment readiness and find and keep employment. Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Services for unemployed British Columbians!

On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, Beacon hosts two WorkBC Centres — one in Sidney and one on Salt Spring Island — that are open to all job seekers. As well, we provide free individualized services and comprehensive supports to eligible job seekers in the Sidney, Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands regions who are unemployed, underemployed or precariously employed.

How to connect with the centres

Call toll-free: 1-888-993-2299


9860 Third St
Phone 250-656-0134


  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

NOTE: Two days a week, the Sidney Centre also hosts a small satellite outreach office in Central Saanich

Central Saanich:

7060 W. Saanich Road
Phone 778-351-0289


  • Tuesday or Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM(closed for lunch break 12:30 PM -1:30 PM)

Salt Spring Island:

268 Fulford-Ganges Rd
Phone 250-931-7687


  • Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM  – 6:30 PM

*after 4pm access to WorkBC by appointment of front door buzzer

Through our WorkBC Employment Centres, we can provide job seekers and employers with FREE access to:

  • Computers and printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Faxes
  • Employment workshops
  • Expert advice from certified career development and recruitment professionals

Supports may include financial help with the basic expenses related to participating in certain training programs or searching for/starting a job. Financial support may also be available to help you keep your job if you’re disabled and at significant risk of losing employment because of your disability.

Other WorkBC supports may include:

    • Short-term training such as FoodSafe, WHMIS, First Aid, etc.
    • Job start supports
    • Transportation supports
    • Self-employment training
    • Wage subsidy
    • Long-term training for high-demand jobs
    • Self-serve Resource Centre with job boards, computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, and other resource materials
    • One-on-one coaching and employment planning

Email or phone for more information. Or book an appointment to visit one of the Centres to meet with a friendly Employment Services advisor to find out more!