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Work off campus

Looking for work? Start by checking out the career portal, where you can find off-campus postings from a wide range of employers. Learn how to use the career portal.

You can also explore the posting sites here.

Search by industry

See what kinds of opportunities exist in your field and what experience and qualifications they require. The section freelance work applies to all sectors.

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As of October 17, 2018, cannabis is legal in Canada.

To apply to positions in the legal cannabis industry, you must be legally eligible to work for a Government of Canada authorized licensed producer of cannabis, based on federal and provincial industry legislation.

Accepting employment in the legal cannabis industry in Canada could impact your entry to other countries. Travelling to another country for reasons related to the cannabis industry may deem you inadmissible now and in the future.

Previous use of cannabis, or any other substance prohibited by local law, could also result in you being denied entry to your destination country. You are responsible for learning about the laws of the countries you intend to visit.

Learn more about cannabis in the workplace.

Short-term freelance work is becoming more popular and more possible, thanks to sites that connect talent to need. Here are just a few sites to get you started:

  • Govjobs (links to federal, provincial and municipal job posting sites across Canada)

Work outside Canada

Consider working outside Canada to travel while you gain work experience. Learn how to prepare and then explore opportunities.

  • GoinGlobal: research tool providing country-specific resources (Subscription sponsored by UVic Co-op and Career)

Inclusive hiring programs

Many businesses or HR recruitment agencies have employment equity programs to level the playing field of employment for people who have been historically excluded or marginalized due to their unique identities, such as, but not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, socioeconomic status, etc.

Learn about how to identify inclusive employers, and explore examples of inclusive hiring programs: 

  • Work-Able Internship Program: The Work-Able Internship Program is a paid twelve-month BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. Temporary residents in Canada with proper work authorization (e.g., post-graduation work permit or other open work permits) to cover the entire duration of the 12-month work term and who meet the program eligibility criteria are welcome to apply. If you missed this year's deadline to apply,  monitor the BC Government website for the next cohort.
  • Microsoft Global Diversity and Inclusion Program
  • Career Edge Internships: Career Edge eliminates barriers to employment by connecting Canadian employers to job seekers through a paid internship model that effectively lays the foundation for Canada’s future workforce.
  • PRISM Employment Support ServicePRISM Employment Support Service (ESS) is a strengths-based, trauma-informed employment support program for 2SLGBTQIA+ adults living in BC. Prism ESS is a partnership program between QMUNITY and YWCA Metro Vancouver.

Looking for employers with a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion? Explore Canada's best diversity employers.

Federal government jobs

We've put together some resources for seeking employment with the Government of Canada. Learn about the application, general information about hiring initiatives and more.

Provincial government jobs

Learn about work opportunities with the Government of British Columbia, including information about the application process.