YWCA Aspire is a free employment program that assists newcomer refugee women in gaining valuable work experience with organizations in Metro Vancouver. 

  • Six weeks of group-based employment workshops 
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid work placement 
  • Three weeks of follow up support 
  • Financial assistance for transit and child care support for eligible participants (during the training weeks) 
  • Workplace Conversation Circles as a peer support network
  • A self-identified newcomer refugee woman who is a permanent resident or Protected Person (Convention Refugee), legally entitled to work in Canada 

  • Currently on Resettlement Assistance OR receiving Income Assistance OR a privately-sponsored refugee 

  • Unemployed and not a full-time student 


YWCA Aspire 
4th Floor - 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver 
604 323 4233 | aspire@ywcavan.org 

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