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.

Become a B.C. Food Hero at the Agriculture career hub — a new resource created to connect people with job opportunities within the B.C. farm, fish, and food sector. The site lists jobs available via Work BC, industry websites, and B.C. food and beverage sites, with additional information about B.C.’s food supply network and the essential roles within it.

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.

Paid Research and Skill Development Opportunities

In addition to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the federal government has made another financial commitment to students and young earners across the country. This announcement brings the total invested up to $54 million through over 30 Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) projects across B.C., and over $187.7 million to create an additional 9,500 YESS work opportunities across the country.

Visit the employment opportunities during COVID-19 and the experiential learning opportunities for students in B.C. pages for information about work experience and career opportunities in B.C.

Canada Comeback Challenge

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) has issued a challenge to students across the country, leveraging their creative spirit and energy to create opportunities and ensure the nation recovers quickly and effectively from the effects of COVID-19. The online competition tackles real-world problems facing today’s employers while creating up to 10,000 work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences for students and recent graduates.


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