Skip to main content

Skip to navigation

The access keys for this page are:

Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC)


Policy

Program Referral to Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC): October 1, 2013

Client Outcomes

Dotted line
Dotted line
Program Referral to Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC): October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013

The ministry will identify employment-obligated clients for formal referral to the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC).  These clients will be scheduled for an EPBC employment needs assessment to confirm the need for EPBC case management and determine client employment and service needs. Clients are not referred to the EPBC if they meet one of the ministry’s non-referral reasons [For more information, see Non-referral Reasons in Resources for Staff].

Employment-obligated clients not identified for EPBC referral are encouraged to access EPBC’s self-serve services.

Clients with no employment obligations, who are seeking to become employed and who could benefit from EPBC services, are also encouraged to access EPBC services through their local WorkBC Employment Services Centre.

If an EPBC service provider identifies a BC Employment Assistance (BCEA) client with employment obligations who has not been formally referred by the ministry, and who would benefit from and wants to participate in EPBC case management, the EPBC service provider may request a formal EPBC referral from the ministry.  EPBC requested referrals should not be withheld unless the client is inappropriate for referral, based on the ministry’s non-referral reasons, or has outstanding obligations that should be completed under an existing Employment Plan (e.g., completion of a non-ministry program).

For self-referred clients who are accepted into EPBC case management and have employment obligations, the EPBC service provider will use a system service request to request a formal EPBC referral and new Employment Plan from the ministry on behalf of the client.

Clients may be eligible for some EPBC services and supports in addition to EPBC self-serve services without being case managed by EPBC.  These may include financial or other supports, when needed for job search or for starting employment, e.g., short term certificate courses required as a condition of employment for a confirmed job.  [For more information on EPBC financial supports for Clients with confirmed job offers, see Related Links – Confirmed Job Supplement].

Top

Dotted line
Client Outcomes
April 2, 2012

For most clients, their Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) Action Plan will assist them in obtaining employment as quickly as possible. For some clients, achieving employment may be a long-term goal.  These clients can be supported to achieve community attachment when they are not yet ready or able to achieve employment.

When clients who are case managed by the EPBC obtain employment or self-employment, this information is communicated to the ministry through the system. Employment Plans must be updated as the client’s circumstances change.

BC Employment and Assistance clients who are not employment obligated and who are not yet able to achieve employment can be supported in achieving community attachment.  Clients who achieve a community attachment outcome will also be encouraged to return to the EPBC as soon as they have achieved a higher level of employment readiness and are ready and able to work towards labour market attachment.

Top

Dotted line