Tech Connect
Programs & Services

Tech Connect

YWCA Tech Connect is a free 10-week program that supports newcomer* self-identifying women with experience in IT to secure rewarding careers in the tech industry. 

*Must be permanent residents of Canada, living in BC

  • Learn how to navigate the Canadian workplace culture and minimize the challenges faced by newcomers 
  • Employment-related workshops focused on the tech industry 
  • Four weeks of employment coaching 
  • Access to mentorship, tech networking events and guest speakers relevant to the tech industry
  • Up to six months of follow up support 
  • Access to additional YWCA services 
  • Financial assistance for transit and child care based on eligibility 
  • Newcomer* self-identifying women with background and experience in Information Technology (IT) 
  • A landed immigrant, permanent resident of Canada, or live-in caregiver (with open work permit), or protected person/convention refugee
  • Unemployed or underemployed and able to participate in 4 weeks of daytime virtual workshops
  • Legally eligible to work in Canada and living in BC
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in English - CLB Level 6 or higher 

Participants must meet ALL the eligibility criteria above. 


Program Start Dates: Port Coquitlam - January 22, 2024 | Vancouver - October 16, 2023 and January 15, 2024

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* Ukrainian Temporary Residents who can demonstrate eligibility for settlement services stating “CUAET – AVUCU” or “CUAET / AVUCU” directly on the visitor record, study permit, work permit or temporary resident permit status document

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

YWCA Tech Connect - Vancouver 
535 Hornby Street - 4th floor, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E8 | 604 219 8525
YWCA Tech Connect - Port Coquitlam
206 & 208 – 2540 Shaughnessy Street Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 3W4 


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