Free English Language Classes Starting Sept 10, 2013

The BC Federation of Labour is offering free ESL workshops to workers who want to improve their English while learning about workplace Health & Safety.

The goal of this program is to educate participants about workplace health and safety using an ESL curriculum model. In this unique program, participants commit to attend a twice-weekly, two-hour evening session for 14 weeks.

Participants will have an opportunity to improve their language skills while learning about employee and employer rights and responsibilities in occupational health and safety on topics such as workplace violence, preventing back injuries, workplace chemicals (WHMIS) and identification of hazards.

  • Course location: 200 – 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC (directly at the Joyce Skytrain station).
  • Classes are free!!!! There is no charge to participants.
  • There is a participation certificate and graduation dinner on completion.
  • The program starts September 10th, continuing with Tuesdays & Thursdays, both evening classes.

September 10, 2013 Poster & Registration Form


Recent high profile tragedies have highlighted the need for increased awareness of health and safety rights and responsibilities for new Canadians where literacy/language is a barrier. This program is offered as part of the B.C. Federation of Labour’s efforts to increase safety for the most vulnerable workers in our province.

The program is unique in Canada, and has been successfully running for the past 6 years in BC. This program is coordinated and delivered by the BCFED Health & Safety Centre (a division of the B.C. Federation of Labour) with funding from BC’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WorkSafe BC).

Source: BCFed Website, 1 Aug 2013



These courses generally start in September and February. Contact the BCFederation Health & Safety Centre for the next start date or for more information.

BCFED Health & Safety Centre
200-5118 Joyce Street
Vancouver BC
V5R 4H1

Tel: 604-430-1421
Fax: 604-430-5917
Toll Free: 1-888-223-5669

More about the program can be found at