FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
201 – 1638 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1
Family Services of Greater Vancouver Loses Bid For Second WorkBC Employment Service Centre Location And Will Be Shutting Its Doors
VANCOUVER, BC, December 18, 2018
On March 31, 2019, the Vancouver City Centre WorkBC Employment Services branch, at Davie and Burrard, will be closing. Family Services of Greater Vancouver has been delivering employment services from this Vancouver Downtown area for 14 years.
On December 5, 2018, Family Services received notification from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction that it was not successful in its bid to for the newly designated and larger Vancouver City Centre catchment. Had the bid been successful, Family Services would have operated both their current WorkBC Employment Services Centre location and a new Downtown Eastside Centre.
“Family Services of Greater Vancouver has been providing employment services for over thirty years,” says Family Services CEO, Karin Kirkpatrick. “We are disappointed, of course, with this decision and are working now with our team to help them with this difficult transition. Approximately 20 employees have been impacted by this closure.”
The BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction made the decision to reduce the number of regions and service providers as of the end of March 2019. This has resulted in the loss of contracts for a number of BC not-for-profit service providers.
“As a non-profit organization providing community based services such as youth detoxification, victim support services, and trauma counselling, contracts such as the WorkBC provide the ability to fund our other important community programs.
“We are proud of all our staff affected by this decision, and very thankful for their tremendous work over the years,” says Kirkpatrick.
Since 2012, Vancouver City Centre WorkBC Employment Services Centre has served thousands of clients, helping job-seekers prepare for, obtain and maintain sustainable employment, and connecting employers with qualified candidates.
It has helped individuals find jobs or start their own businesses. Many of its clients include newcomers to Canada, youth, Indigenous people, differently-abled jobseekers, and survivors of violence. Many Family Services of Greater Vancouver staff will be affected by this change. This current contract represents over $3M, or 11%, of Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s annual revenue.
The Vancouver City Centre WorkBC Employment Services Centre will shut its doors on March 31, 2018.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Communications Manager, Family Services of Greater Vancouver