What’s New

Updated  Sept 09, 2018:

MOSAIC Immigrant Professionals Conference

September 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm


Innovate yourself!

Strategies for the new world of work — Join us Sept. 29, 2018! Learn more at ipc.mosaicbc.org.

  • Discover how to re-brand yourself for success
  • Be inspired by new approaches to advance your career
  • Learn strategies and skills to succeed in the fast-changing work environment
  • Get practical advice from Canadian professionals
  • Network with other professionals in your field of work

MOSAIC Immigrant Professionals Conference poster

Vancouver Community College (VCC) introduces:

Communication for Engineering and Technology (ELSK 0730)

Communication for Engineering and Technology is designed to enhance workplace communication of Internationally Trained Engineers and Technologists in order to improve employability and communications in the workplace. This course teaches culturally appropriate speaking, listening, and language specific for the Engineering and Technology workplace. There is an emphasis of performance-based learning; learners are frequently recorded and then receive coaching and focused feedback.

Be an internationally trained Engineer or Technologist AND proof of English language proficiency:
– Completion of ELSK 0715 and 0720, or
– CLBPT/CLB indicating a minimum of CLB 7 – Reading, Writing Listening and Speaking, or
– IELTS 6.0 overall with no band lower than a 5.5, or
– ELA score of: min 36 – Reading, 13 – essay, 20 – Listening, 24 – Speaking, or
– Department Head approval
Please visit the course webpage:  VCC ELKS 0730


APEGBC is now Engineers & Geoscientists BC.

This is their new logo:


More info here:  https://www.egbc.ca/About/Our-Brand

                           From IEC-BC:

IEC-BC is proud to announce that BC Refugees JobConnect has now been expanded to include all landed immigrants, as well as individuals who have been pre-approved to immigrate to Canada but have not yet arrived here. These changes are reflected in the portal’s new name BC JobConnect.  Eligible candidates can now get immediate access to a tool effectively connecting them with employers for a head start in their careers in Canada.

Visit the expanded BC JobConnect website to learn more.

BC JobConnect is a customized online tool connecting job-ready newcomers to BC employers. It provides a platform for newcomer job seekers to showcase their skills, education and work experience and presents their profiles and résumés to BC employers looking for workers.

Who is BC JobConnect for?
• All newcomers living in BC
• Who arrived in Canada in the last five years, or
• Are clients of IEC-BC’s FAST program
• Have a Permanent Residence (PR) number
• Are currently looking for employment

Register a candidate account, post your resume and get a head start on your career today!

BC JobConnect brings together employers, who are seeking skilled people to fill specific roles, and newcomers residing in BC. Registered employers have access to a constantly updated database of job-ready newcomer candidates, who have uploaded their profiles into the tool.

What are the benefits for employers?

  • Constantly updated pool of candidates
  • Free service
  • Flexible, multi-parameter searches
  • Ongoing support from IEC-BC staff

Register an employer account today to find your next success story!


Let’s re-visit the Conference Board’s iconic list of Employability Skills.  Click this:

The skills you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work—whether you work on your own or as a part of a team.

These skills can also be applied and used beyond the workplace in a range of daily activities, and they apply to all workers, in all sectors, everywhere in Canada.  Always worth taking to time to read and remember.

SFU Surrey offers Tutoring, Homework and English Support for student children of immigrants 

In partnership with the Friends of Simon Tutoring Project and the City Centre Library, The SFU Surrey CEC provides a no-cost tutoring outreach program targeted towards immigrant and refugee children in grades 5-9.  Check out the webpage here.

Who is the Program For?

This program is open to students who have immigrated to Canada, and to students who may have been born in Canada but whose parents/guardians have immigrated to Canada. The students must be in grades 5-9.

Who Are The Tutors?

Tutoring in this program is provided by Friends of Simon Tutoring. Simon Fraser University students are assigned as literacy and numeracy tutors to work with students in grades 5-9.

Friends of Simon tutors are highly trained and qualified SFU students who speak a variety of second languages including French, Tagalog, Spanish, Romanian, Punjabi, and Czech. Their tutoring expertise includes the following subject areas:

English, Math, Science, French, Social Studies, Humanities
and more!

  • Where is the Program Located?

The program is offered through the SFU Surrey ­TD Community Engagement Centre located in Room 401 of the Surrey City Centre Library at 10350 University Drive, Surrey, BC. For important information around parking at the City Centre Library, please see: http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/engage/centre/contact

When is the Program Offered?

The program is offered every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm. The program is open for registration in September and begins in October and runs through to the end of May.

*PLEASE NOTE: By signing up you are making a commitment to attend tutoring on the dates and at the times you specify.  If you have registered for a session and can no longer attend, please email cec-fosreg@sfu.ca at least 48 hours prior to your session to let us know that you are no longer able to attend.  Students who register but who do not attend and who do not provide adequate notice may be prevented from registering in any future sessions.

Langara has updated its Introduction to Engineering Program

Introduction to Engineering in BC (IEBC) is a battery of comprehensive courses designed to familiarize local engineering students, engineering graduates and internationally trained professionals to become acquainted with the engineering sector in BC. Are you looking to build on the skills and education already acquired outside Canada? Are you unable to achieve employment at a professional level? These broad, relevant selections of courses are in the best interest to prepare domestic and internationally trained professionals with industry specific skills to gain employment in an engineering environment, as well as, promote strong awareness of Canadian workplace culture.  The program’s course lineup can be seen here:  Langara IEBC

For more information, please contact Yasmin Virji, CS Program Coordinator, Tel: 604.323.5981 and email: yvirji@langara.ca.

Yasmin Virji M.A., CDP, CPP
Program Coordinator, Business Programs
Continuing Studies, Langara College
601 W. Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 4C2

100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 2Z6

Surrey LIP (Local Immigration Partnership) Employer Consultation Report

ASTTBC has been a contributing member of the Surrey LIP since 2014.  One of the many initiatives of the LIP is the Surrey Industry Dialog study, comprising Employers, Immigrants and Sector Support Staff.  The four sectors involved were Construction, Health Care, Manufacturing and Technology, and the discussion sessions were hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade.  Here is a link to the Surrey Industry Dialogs Overview:  LIP-SectorDialogues

One of the ‘hot topics’ which arose during the discussions was the need for Canadian Experience, these being typical:

“I am an architect in my country but got 
local certification in basic drafting here… 
got a call for an interview for a drafter job… 
did not get a job because I did not have 
local experience. It has to change.”

Myth of Canadian experience:
There is a need for a clearer definition of “Canadian experience,” as…
“coding is the same from Timbuktu to Taiwan.”

This overview includes a number of important observations and viewpoints, and is well worth your time to read through.  ASTTBC congratulates both the Surrey LIP and the Surrey Board of Trade for the time and effort expended in support of Immigrants, and especially ITP immigrants.  ASTTBC is committed to continued support of the LIP, as a long-time Surrey resident (our offices are in Surrey!) and to continually ensure that our policies and procedures for certification and registration, for Foreign Credential Recognition and for ITP outreach are appropriate and forward-thinking while fully observing our own regulatory responsibilities:  we believe we are part of the solution, not part of the problem.


VCC announces Samsung Tech Institute – Appliance Repair Technician – Professional Pathway

Vancouver Community College is home to the Samsung Tech Institute, the only Samsung-certified appliance repair trainer in Western Canada.  The Samsung Tech Institute provides a new and exclusive framework of knowledge that will directly impact the careers of graduates. Learn through practical training on the latest appliances to operate, diagnose, and service Samsung products.  Successful students receive a certification from Samsung Canada and an Award of Achievement from VCC.  This program is for those already in the Appliance Repair industry or recent graduates of an Appliance Servicing program.

To apply, please complete the program application and submit it to VCC Samsung.


 English as an Additional Language (ESL or EAL)

Check the website:  https://www.healthandsafetybc.ca/programs/eal/

Register online:

Click here for Vancouver

Click here for Richmond


These courses are FREE! ($50 Deposit will be refunded at graduation*)

The goal of this 12-week program is to educate participants about workplace health and safety using an ESL curriculum model.

Participants will have an opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about workers’ rights in health and safety topics such as workplace violence, preventing back injuries, workplace chemicals (WHMIS) and identification of hazards.

In this unique program participants commit to attend a weekly, four-hour day session for 12 weeks. There is no charge to participants.

Participants in these sessions will be able to use this knowledge and information to increase their awareness of health and safety and to become involved in the health and safety committees at their workplaces.

*Participants must attend at least 50% of classes to be eligible for the registration refund.


Labour Market Information for Technologists, Technicians, Engineers and Geoscientists:

The Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table has released a landmark study, LMI for BC:

Labour Market Information (LMI) provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on employment needs over a five and 10-year forecast period and focuses on essential occupations in the Asia Pacific Gateway. Reports are available covering regional, sector and industry outlooks, and occupational snapshots, with each containing detailed supply and demand information, highlights and data tables.

Homepage:  http://www.lmionline.ca/

LMI for the Engineering Sector in BC:  http://www.lmionline.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Technologists-Technicians-OG-EGTT.pdf



Completed events:


PICS 10th Annual Mega Job Fair and Business Expo

Mega Job Fair & Business Expo 2017:  Thursday August 3, 10am – 4pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre
As the iconic event hosted by PICS Society ever since 2005, it has repeatedly seen over 100 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees each year. By drawing from an array of industries and businesses, the Mega Job Fair seeks to exonerate businesses from the stress and pressures associated with job searching, recruiting, and networking. Everything you need—all under one roof.

The 10th annual installation of the Mega Job Fair collaborates with the Business Expo 2017 (formerly known as the BC Small Business Expo) for the fourth time. After a highly successful launch in 2014, the Business Expo strives to leave an even bigger impact on the market. The expo offers a unique opportunity to showcase one’s products, to network with a diverse group of businesses, and to gain valuable exposure. Thanks to the great success of the merger last year, we have decided to renew and ameliorate this enormous event even further!

ASTTBC was an exhibitor at this event.


Social Media Branding & Soft Skills for Engineers & Technologists

IEBCA will be hosting a part II of its career development event for individuals who are currently looking for resources to enter or progress in their careers. This event is focused on Social Media Branding and Boosting Soft Skills for Engineers. This event will aim to provide attendees access to resources that can help them obtain an engineering position or develop further in their engineering career.

Event date, time, location:

Time 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location Alice McKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, V6B 6B1
Cost Regular Admission: $10 per person
IEBCA Members:     Free

The event includes a moderated talk from professional panelists followed by Q&A. After that, the attendees are invited to visit the exhibition booths around the event to be introduced to available resources for professional career development.

Check out the IEBCA-Event Flyer.

Visit the IEBCA website for more information.


The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of British Columbia presents:

SPEATBC Career Skills Seminar and Networking event Saturday, 16th September, 2017 from 1 – 4pm Conference Center [ABC] – Kwantlen Polytechnic University 12666 72th Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 2M8 Seats are limited, so please RSVP by Monday, September 07, 2017 by sending an email with your Name and PhoneNo. to jimmy_hansra@hotmail.com

This is an annual event not to be missed if you are looking for information on getting your qualifications accredited with Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) or Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC); or if you are a new immigrant engineer or otherwise looking to get into the BC Engineering and Technology job market. It will also be an ideal event for professional networking. Our line up of Presenters for the Seminar include: APEGBC, ASTTBC, BCIT, Tritech Group, McElhanney and Green Sky Consulting *Door prize includes an IPAD MINI giveaway at conclusion of event Visitor Parking: Available in all non-reserved parking stalls on all KPU campuses. Additionally, a limited number parking stalls are available for 90 minutes maximum and indicated with Visitor Parking signs. Rates: $1.00 for 30 minutes to a maximum of 90 Minutes             $5.00 for all day Please pass on this information to anyone that may benefit from this free event.   Hope to see you there,


Download the full Event Flyer here:

SPEATBC Networking Event Sept 2017



SPEATBC will be awarding five scholarships for students in a technical Engineering related field of study. The scholarships will be for a value of $1000 each. One scholarship will be awarded to each of the following:

  • ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP – a high school student (grade 12) or recent graduate (within 2 years) planning on pursuing post-secondary studies upon graduation in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • POST SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP – a post-secondary student enrolled in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • WOMAN IN ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP – a woman student enrolled in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • NEW IMMIGRANT SCHOLARSHIP – a new immigrant (max. of 2 years since arrival in Canada) pursuing post-secondary studies in an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC
  • *NEW* – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP – an international student studying in Canada with a valid Student Visa enrolled in or pursuing an engineering or technology related field of study at a recognized university, college, or technical school in BC

For more information, contact President via email: speatbc@gmail.com.

Scholarships application deadline: Friday, 6th January, 2017 via email at application.speatbc@gmail.com

Scholarships awarded at Annual Dinner: Saturday, 28th January, 2017.  Find the flyer for this event here

Direct Link: http://speatbc.org/services/scholarship/