Want help applying for WorkBC Services?
Visit your closest WorkBC Centre, our staff will be happy to help you apply step-by-step!
If you're unsure about the services you want, or are not familiar with registering for websites or using the Internet, we suggest you visit your the WorkBC Centre in-person so our expert staff can assist you! If you have any questions call Duncan at 1 (250) 748-9880 or Ladysmith at 1 (250) 924-2884
Want to apply for WorkBC Services from the comfort of your own home?
The 3 steps below will walk you through applying for WorkBC services on your own.
If you're familiar with registering for websites, using the Internet, accessing email, and filling out web forms we suggest applying on your own to save you time! If you need help during the registration process call Duncan at 1 (250) 748-9880 or Ladysmith at 1 (250) 924-2884. Our staff will be happy to assist or answer any questions you might have!
You'll need to have some information handy before you start!
When you click the link above a new Window or Tab will open and take you to apply.workbc.ca.
Follow the below instructions below on workbc.ca.
On the "Welcome to Online Employment Services" page, click the "Create an account" button (circled in red).
On the next page you'll see 5 different options. Choose the option you're most interested in. (1)
If you're unsure choose "WorkBC Employment Services".
Click the Continue button. (2)
In the "Community" dropdown, select either "Duncan" or "Ladysmith" and click "Search". (1)
Both Duncan and Ladysmith WorkBC Centres will appear. Click "Continue with this Centre" on the Centre you want to apply to. (2)
If you're not sure which one to choose, visit the Service Areas section on the homepage! You'll find a description of the areas each Centre serves.
On this page, scroll past the section titled "WorkBC Employment Services" and click "Start" (circled in red).
After clicking "Start" you will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions of service.
Review the Terms and Conditions, check the "I Agree to the Terms and Conditions" checkbox, and click "Continue".
A BCeID is an online government account unique British Columbia. It is used across many government services. You'll need a BCeID to sign in to OES and receive WorkBC services.
Select one of the 3 options on this page:
Yes: You have a BCeID.
No: You don't have a BCeID.
Not Sure: You might have a BCeID and would like help finding it!
Each of the 3 sections below provides specific instructions based on your previous choice of Yes, No, or Not Sure. Follow only the one section below that applies to your choice.
If you get stuck or are not sure how to access your BCeID you can always register for a new BCeID by choosing "No", even if you already have one.
Choose Yes and click "Continue". You'll be taken to the BCeID Login page.
Login with your BCeID. If you forgot your password or User ID click the "Forgot your user ID or password" link and follow the instructions. You'll need access to the email address associated with your BCeID and know the answers to your security questions to reset your password or retrieve your BCeID User ID.
Continue to #9 below once you're logged in to your BCeID!
Choose "No" and click "Continue". You'll be taken to the BCeID Registration page.
Click the "Register for a Basic BCeID" button.
On the following page, enter your Surname (Last Name), First Name, Email, User ID (this is your BCeID and must be unique) and Password.
Select 2 security questions and provide answers (1). We strongly suggest writing these answers down along with your BCeID User ID and Email and keeping it in a safe, private place. You need to answer the security questions correctly and access your email inbox to reset your password in the future.
On the following "Registration Complete" page, click "Continue to Online Employment Services - Production".
Continue to #9 below once you've logged in to the BCeID you just created!
A form will expand below when selecting this option. Enter your Last Name, SIN number, and date of birth.
Click Continue. If a BCeID is found associated with your name and SIN number it will be displayed and you can choose the BCeID you'd like to login to.
If you've forgotten the passwords of any BCeID's found, you can follow the directions to reset your password on the login page. You must have access to the email associated with the BCeID and know the answer to the security questions to reset your password.
If you don't have access to your email or know your security questions you'll have to go back and choose "No" to register for a new BCeID.
Continue to #9 below once you're logged in to your BCeID!
After logging in or registering for a BCeID you may be presented with the login history screen. Click Continue.
On the "Register for Online Employment Services" page, enter your First name, Last name, SIN, Date of Birth, and Gender. Required fields are indicated by a red *.
Select the method you'd like to receive notification when you get a message in OES. You can receive emails, text messages, or both. (1)
Enter your email address (2) and Mobile phone number (3). If you selected to receive notifications via text please enter your mobile number in the "Message phone number" field as well.
Note: If you don't have a mobile phone number please enter your home phone number in the Mobile phone number field and select "I would like to be notified by email".
Click "Continue" once the form is complete.
Almost done! Please take a moment to read this page and follow the directions on it.
If you choose to receive text message notification you'll receive a text to confirm your phone number. Enter the verification code from the text message in the "Verification Code" field.
Click "Logout & Continue" then "Return to Home Page".
You're registered! Please close any open WorkBC website tabs or windows you have open. Leave these instructions open though - Step 3 is next!
We're not quite done though, next we have to get you logged in to OES and fill in your OES profile!
Continue to Step 3 below to login to OES by clicking "Next"!
Visit your email inbox and locate a message with the subject "Online Employment Services Email Verification".
You'll find a link in this email. Please click this link and login with the BCeID you used during registration to complete the setup of your account.
Now you're logged into OES you should see the "Section 1: Client Intake" screen with 0% complete.
Click Continue on this page. You'll be taken to the "Please provide us with some basic personal information" page. This, and each subsequent page will require you to answer questions or enter information. Enter as much information as possible and answer all questions truthfully the best you can!
Fields marked with a * are required.
Click "Continue" after completing each page to move to the next. If you want to go back you can click the "Previous" button at any time.
You're done with Section 1! On to "Section 2: Client Questionnaire"
Click Continue on this page, or Previous if you'd like to review Section 1. You'll be taken to the "Tell us about your most recent employment or self-employment" page.
This, and each subsequent page will require you to answer questions or enter information. Enter as much information as possible and answer all questions the best you can!
Fields marked with a * are required.
Click "Continue" after completing each page. If you want to go back you can click the "Previous" button at any time.
On the last page, "Your consent is required", review the Terms and Conditions, check the "I have read the Terms and Conditions" checkbox, and click "Submit Application".
After clicking on "Submit Application" you should receive confirmation your application for WorkBC has been successfully submitted. Our staff will be in contact with you shortly! In the meantime, take some time to look around OES!
The next items, #5 and #6 below, cover logging into OES next time (#5) and using OES once logged in (#6)! Please take a few minutes to review each so you know how to access and use OES - you'll be required to do so as part of your services.
If you've been following these instructions from the beginning you first logged into OES by clicking the link in your email. Here's how to do it in the future without that email!
2. Login with your BCeID and password you used when registering in Step 2!
You're logged into OES, but what does OES do for you? Here are a few things:
Messages: The most important tab is "Messages". This is where all text communication with WorkBC and WorkBC staff will take place (we're not allowed to email you directly!). Whenever you get a message in OES you'll receive a notification to your email and/or phone number, depending on your selection in Step 2.
Applications: The applications tab allows you to track the application you just made, as well as make new applications in the future for additional services!
Service Requests; Case Details; Employment History: These tabs will become populated once your application(s) are approved and you begin to receive services. They will allow you to request services, view the details of your case file, and update and modify your employment history!
Account Information: Finally Account Information allows you to edit your personal/contact/language info, as well as change your notification preferences if you'd like to change how you receive OES message notifications.