Employment Opportunities During COVID-19

COVID-19 has severely impacted the lives of many people in B.C. The federal and provincial governments have implemented substantial support to minimize the impact on Canadians, with direct financial support to individuals, wage subsidies to businesses, and other measures intended to ensure the nation can thrive post-pandemic.

The Canada Summer Jobs program has a list of concessions and flexibilities for employers offering employment to Canadian students, with allowances for part-time placements, extended employment periods, and potential changes to project and job activities.

Recruitment and staffing policies for Government of Canada positions have changed, so if you are planning to pursue a position with the federal government, there’s information here for you to review.

Searching for Jobs

Check with the career services team at your post-secondary institution, if available, to see if they have suggestions or opportunities to find employment during the pandemic. The University of Manitoba published this article with information about conducting a job search.

Online job board Indeed.com posted a helpful article with information about:

  • Searching for a job
  • Finding gig work (typically small projects with a defined start/finish)
  • Working from home
  • Staying positive

Fast Company recommends that jobseekers think short-term and get creative; look for telecommuting positions and reach out to local businesses that might be too busy to post a help-wanted ad.


Stay safe, observe the best practices, and help Canada overcome this pandemic.