About this program

The Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections (IWERC) Program is specifically designed to assist eligible women with backgrounds in the administrative, financial, and business sectors through:

  • Free pre-employment skills training
  • Employment assistance customized to each individual
  • Intercultural competency training to better understand cultural viewpoints
  • Six-month paid internship accompanied by intensive job-development coaching
You qualify for the program if you:

  • Identify as a woman
  • Have lived in Canada for seven years or less and are legally eligible to work in Canada (you are a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen)
  • Qualified to work in Administrative, Financial, and/or Business Management positions with relevant licensure for target job (e.g. CPA)
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the above sectors
  • Have English CLB Level 7 and above
  • Are unemployed or underemployed
  • Are available for a six-month paid internship
Length of program: Eight (8) month commitment

  • One month (four-weeks) pre-employment skills training
    • Starts May 1, 2018
    • Week 1: Canadian workplace culture
    • Week 2-3: Innovation thinking process in relation to employer problems and present solutions to employers
    • Week 4-5: Next Steps workshop and assistance
    • June 2018: Internship preparation
  • Six (6)-month paid internship
  • Location: 5575 Boundary road, Vancouver, BC, V5R 2P9 and employer’s office
Graduates from the Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program can expect the following outcome:

  • Gain Canadian work experience
  • Learn about Canadian workplace culture
  • Enhanced skills training
  • Broaden professional network
  • Paid and mentored 6-month internship
  • Greater understanding of Canadian labour market
  • Increased confidence in Canadian workplace
If you are interested in IWERC, or have any questions, please contact us at 604-254-9626 or iwerc@mosaicbc.org.

Deadline for applications is April 13, 2018


Internationally-trained, professional women can face more challenges than other newcomers in finding rewarding and fulfilling work that matches the education and experience levels they bring with them to Canada.

Newcomers often don’t have a professional network to provide job leads and support. They are challenged by a lack of Canadian work experience and a limited understanding of the jobs available in the labour market.

How does it work?

Participating women will first gain understanding about Canadian workplace culture, and then work in “innovation teams” to solve real-life employer problems by drawing on their own technical and professional backgrounds, skills and knowledge.

Following this, IWERC helps prepare participants for their internship placement. During the internship period, clients will have individual mentors who work within the same sectors to guide and advise them.

Employer Information

If you’re looking for a talented professional to hire in the areas of Administration, Finance or General Business, MOSAIC can help! Our Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections (IWERC) Program matches employers with internationally-trained, professional women for a six-month mentored internship and offers a 50% wage subsidy to participating employers.

In today’s competitive environment, good staff can make a difference in the company’s bottom line. But we hear from many employers that it can be challenging to recruit qualified, reliable, and hardworking individuals.

The Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections (IWERC) Program can be an ideal solution if you’re looking for staff in the areas of Administration, Finance and/or Business.

MOSAIC works with qualified women who already have international training and education in these sectors, and who are fluent in English (CLB 7). Over a one-month period – prior to the six-month internship placement – the program participants will:

  • Learn about Canadian workplace culture
  • Work in “innovation teams” to resolve employers’ real-life problems by drawing on their own background skills, training, and expertise
  • Develop skills through pre-employment workshops
IWERC benefits:

  • Gain highly skilled employees
  • Diversify the workplace to reflect changing global trends
  • 50% wage subsidy
  • Free intercultural competency training (understanding dynamics of foreign cultures)
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively with candidates to utilize innovative thinking processes to solve real-life problems

Immigrants don’t just bring skills when they come to Canada. They bring:

  • Access to the international market. New customers, new products, new services!
  • International connections
  • Fresh and innovative perspectives
  • Cultural know-how to increase success with cross-cultural ventures

 Funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program