The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by
the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia
As the WorkBC Employment Service Centre for Greater Trail, The Skills Centre provides group, one-to-one and self-directed job search assistance, including resume and interview preparation, job boards, labour market information, wage subsidy placements and training supports.
In addition, our community partners, CFDC Trail, delivers the self-employment program, Career Development Services delivers employment services to individuals with persistent barriers to employment, and the Trail FAIR Society delivers a Bridging program for women survivors of relationship abuse.
Eligibility is assessed on an individual basis.
Unemployed, or currently working fewer than 20 hours per week
Currently on Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, OR have had an EI claim in the past 5 years, OR have had an EI parental claim in the past 5 years
Legally entitled to work in Canada
People with disabilities may be eligible for some services without the EI attachment
As many of the programs we offer provide living supports or funding that is dependent on joint Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia funding, eligibility for Employment Insurance is a required prerequisite for some specific programs.
Eligibility for the Employment Insurance program has changed recently and anyone who might be needing to access funding should be aware of the changes.
Definition of EI Client
The amendment to the BC / Canada Labour Market Development Agreement included a new definition of EI Client, expanding EI reachback eligibility to 60 months (5 years). The EPBC definition of EI Client has been updated to reflect the new wording.
The new definition is:
“EI Client” means an unemployed person who, when requesting EPBC Services;
is an Active EI Claimant, or
had an EI benefit period that ended within the previous 60 months, or
c) has a benefit period established under a “provincial plan” as that term is defined in section 76.01 of the Employment Insurance Regulations, or has had that benefit period end within the previous 60 months, and who would have been entitled to receive special benefits under sections 22 or 23 of the EI Act had they not been entitled to receive provincial benefits, as this term is defined in section 76.01 of the Employment Insurance Regulations, under the provincial plan.