Funding Requirements

Women in Trades Training (WITT) or Indigenous Peoples Trades Training (IPTT) might be right for you if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Not a full-time student (not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training)
  • Not actively participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program, and 
  • whose employment status is:
    • Unemployed, or working less than 20 hours per week, or
    • Precariously Employed – meaning an individual who does not meet the definition of Unemployed, but who:
      is working in unstable or unsustainable employment (including self-employment) as evidenced by:
      1. unreliable remuneration (such as piece-work or commission); and/or
      2. irregular hours of work (such as casual labour or on-call work);     
      3. earnings that cannot support an individual or their family; or
      4. is working, but has a total employment (including self-employment) income that is below the market basket measures set out by Statistics Canada (speak to program service provider for further details);
    • is working in an industry or occupation that is likely to be replaced by technology or automation in the near future;
    • is working in an occupation or profession that is clearly lower than their skills or qualifications and that provides no imminent prospect of advancement; or has Just Cause for leaving their current employment (speak to program service provider for further details regarding Just Cause).


If you are unsure if you are eligible, or would like further information on VIU's options for Women and Indigenous Peoples in Trades, please contact:

Drop-in Professional Development and Training Cowichan

Phone: 250-746-3575



Phone: 250-746-3509