Snapp (Skilled Newcomers and Professionals Partnership) introduces new immigrants and local professionals in British Columbia for 1:1 video calls to meet, connect, and share insights about starting your career in Canada.
Snapp is a pilot program by PeaceGeeks.
New to British Columbia? Snapp helps you build your network by introducing you to a relevant connection in your field, who has volunteered to help you learn about the local labour market and employment opportunities.
Looking to support newcomers to BC? Volunteer to meet with a newcomer for a video call and share your career experiences!
Sign up and tell us about yourself. Snapp connects you with people based on similar profession, interests, and language.
We send you an email introduction to meet your new connection for a 1:1 video call (~45 min to 1 hour). Don't worry, we give you a guide on what to talk about!
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After the meet-up, tell us about your experience. Share and receive additional feedback from your match, so you both can learn from each other and improve your skills.
As a skilled newcomer who has moved to BC recently, participating in Snapp will allow you to:
Build your network
Get job-seeking tips
Explore career paths
Improve professional skills
Whether you have 2 years or decades of work experience in BC, join our amazing network of Snapp volunteers to:
Improve your leadership skills
Grow your network
Give back to the community
Promote diversity & inclusion
When you sign up, you'll let us know which topics you're interested in, and we'll introduce you to someone to discuss them with.
Resume & cover letter
Where to find jobs
Recertification & foreign credential recognition
Compensation & labour regulations
Courses & resources for upgrading skills
Canadian workplace norms & soft skills
Exploring new career paths
Immigration & settlement tips
Sharing about culture & interests
"I’m delighted to be selected and partnered in this pilot program. It was one of the most structured approaches to networking — my mentor match was excellent, reflecting all the aspects of my initial ask, a senior person from whom I learned a lot. I truly appreciate this voluntary time commitment to welcome newcomers. As the Canadian saying goes, we are better together. Again, thank you all!"
Snapp is a pilot program developed by PeaceGeeks, a nonprofit organization that builds digital tools to support newcomers to create a better life in Canada, with funding from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. PeaceGeeks ran its first, closed pilot of Snapp in June 2020, and thanks to its success, PeaceGeeks is now running its second, public pilot of the program.
Snapp welcomes participants from all professions; however, we are prioritizing those in the technology and non-profit/social sectors for this pilot.
The professions available to select on our registration form include: software development, product management, project management, business analysis, data science, quality assurance, design, marketing, customer service, sales & business development, public relations & communications, human resources, operations, accounting & finance, administrative, manufacturing & distribution, education & training, planning & strategy, non-profit & social services, and civic & government. We ask that local professionals have at least two years of work experience in their selected profession.
If your profession is not shown, feel free to include it in "Other".
Please note: acceptance into the pilot is not guaranteed and depends on availability of a match. While this means that more "niche" professions may have a harder time of getting a match, we still encourage you to register!
Snapp invites newcomers who are one of the following: Permanent Residents of Canada; Protected Persons as defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA); Individuals who have been selected, inside or outside Canada, to become permanent residents (pending verifications) and who have been informed, by a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the IRPR.
We also ask that newcomers have intermediate English communication skills, such that they are able to complete the registration form on their own. We offer an option to match based on language (if a match is available), but a newcomer should expect to communicate in English for their meet-up.
We make introductions between newcomers and local professionals based on similar profession/industry, interests, and language.
Because Snapp is in a pilot phase, we have a limited capacity for participants. Several factors are taken into account to determine who gets accepted into our upcoming Snapp pilot, including: available match, experience, and diversity of participants. Local professionals must have at least 2 years of local work experience to be eligible for consideration. We also prioritize participants who are located in British Columbia.
Our upcoming pilot runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 11, 2020. When you register, you can choose how many people (up to a maximum of four) you are willing to be connected with during the pilot duration. Each meet-up is expected to be ~45min to 1h. For example, connecting with four people would mean four meet-ups, thus ~4h.
We expect the time between registration and receiving an introduction to take 7 - 10 days. By that time, you will have received an email from us to confirm if you were accepted into this pilot or not.
When you register, you choose how many people you are open to connecting with (between one to four). Snapp aims to find as many relevant connections as we can up to that number.