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

  • 6 weeks of group-based employment workshops 
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid work placement
  • Post-placement follow-up support
  • Transportation and childcare support for eligible participants
  • Workplace Conversation Circles as peer support network
  • Selected essential certifications
  • A self-identified racialized or visible minority newcomer refugee woman 

  • Permanent Resident,  Protected Person (Convention Refugee) in Canada, and not a Canadian Citizen

  • Currently on the Resettlement Assistance program or receiving Income Assistance OR a privately sponsored refugee

  • Unemployed and not a full-time student

Next start date: November 1, 2022



After two and a half years of online program delivery, we are happy to introduce a new hybrid model, which will continue to provide participants with the flexibility of taking some of the workshops from home, but will add the much-needed face-to-face interactions between participants and facilitators.  

For more information on the program schedule, please attend an information session or contact us.


YWCA Aspire 
4th Floor - 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver 
778 222 3278 or 778 222 1507 | aspire@ywcavan.org 

Canada / BC