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Programs & Services

Health Connect

YWCA Health Connect is an employment program that supports newcomer self-identified women pursue their healthcare credentials in Canada. 

This program is a national project delivered in British Columbia by YWCA Metro Vancouver and Ontario in partnership with YWCA Toronto. 

  • Individual and group-based mentorship and coaching
  • Financial wraparound support for skills training
  • Employment-related workshops focused on the health industry
  • Employment support, such as counselling and how to navigate the credential recognition system
  • Work placement support for paid or unpaid positions and up to 12 weeks of post-job placement support
  • Conversation circles sessions to enhance occupational-specific language skills, focusing on medical topics and terminology in the sector
  • Networking events for employers, mentors and participants 
  • Career exploration opportunities in collaboration with health partners
  • Employer engagement training sessions on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
  • Internationally educated health professional (IEHP)
  • Newcomer self-identified women
  • A landed immigrant, permanent resident of Canada, or protected person/convention refugee
  • Have previous experience in healthcare and a Degree or Diploma in healthcare-related studies
  • Unemployed or underemployed and able to participate in daytime virtual workshops
  • Legally eligible to work in Canada and living in BC


We accept participants on an ongoing basis. 

Register now


For more information on the program schedule, please contact us. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us to discuss accommodation. 

YWCA Health Connect 
720 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, V6A 1R5 | 778 730 2444
Office hours: Monday to Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



YWCA Toronto

 This program is delivered in Ontario by YWCA Toronto 


Funded in part by Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition Program