Employment Programs, Planning & Exemptions

Category Overview

The Employment Program, Planning and Exemptions category provides information about the following:

  • Employment supports through the ministry’s Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC);
  • Employment supports available through other ministry and non-ministry sources;
  • Tools that facilitate employability assessment and employment planning;
  • Assessment of clients who have temporary exemptions from employment obligations or have persistent multiple barriers to employment;
  • Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities; and
  • Self Employment Program (SEP) for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB).

Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities

The Government of British Columbia recognizes that persons with disabilities want to achieve greater independence for themselves and their families. They want to contribute to their communities by volunteering or working, as they are able.

The ministry introduced the Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities that focuses on developing a broad range of new skills training services and employment-related programs to assist persons with disabilities into the labour market and to improve their employment outcomes.

Components of the Employment Strategy for Persons with Disabilities include:

  • Employment services and supports available to persons with disabilities through the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) launched April 2, 2012.

This comprehensive program integrates Canada-BC Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) programs, and the former ministry income assistance employment programs, including the Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities (EPPD), to provide one-stop access to a range of employment services available to all unemployed British Columbians. 

  • Self-Employment Program (SEP) for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB)

SEP is a program of income reviews which determine business deductions and exemptions for the use of eligible Persons with Disabilities or Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers clients who are, or wish to become, self-employed.

  • Minister's Council on Employment For Persons with Disabilities

The Minister's Council establishes a partnership between government, business, education, community-based organizations and persons with disabilities - all with the aim of increasing the employment, employability and independence of persons with disabilities.

Website: http://www.sdsi.gov.bc.ca/pwd/ministers-council/index.htm

  • Disability Supports for Employment Fund (Vancouver Foundation) 

The ministry has established a $25 million Disability Supports for Employment Fund to be administered by the Vancouver Foundation. This fund was created to provide specialized accommodation, tools and services to support people with disabilities in the workplace.

Website:  Vancouver Foundation Disability Supports for Employment Investments

Detailed information is available by clicking on the appropriate topic within the Employment Program, Planning and Exemptions category (left hand menu).

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