Program Overview

The Canadian Workplace Skill (CWS) programmes assist newcomers to BC and Canada by providing a quality education and work experience in a Canadian business environment. Students select their programme of study for various types of business that most interest them and to which they plan to begin a new career path in Canada. During their studies and work experience, students will build stronger English and other communication skills, learn to work and study with people from diverse cultures, and build their confidence in a specialty area that will be rewarding and satisfying.

Throughout the programme, students learn to adapt to the Canadian culture and the typical work environment.

The programme contains 23 weeks of courses on the campus, followed by a 20-week co-op work experience arranged by the college: basically 5 months school plus 5 months working.

Program Details

Foundations of the Canadian Workplace
    College Success Strategies and Orientation for Newcomers (20 hours)
    Canadian Interactions (40 hours)
    Business, Professional, and Technical English (40 hours)
    Intercultural Communications (40 hours)
Canadian Workplace Skills: Business Fundamentals
    Business Communication Essentials (40 hours)
    Introduction to Canadian Studies (40 hours)
    Canadian Business Environment (40 hours)
    Principle of Accounting (40 hours)
    Customer Relationship and Personal Selling (40 hours)
    Customer-Driven Marketing (40 hours)
    Public Speaking for Careers (40 hours)
Co-op (Optional)
    Working in the Canadian Workplace: job / co-op preparation
    Co-operative Education (20 weeks of a paid work experience)

Fee Structure

Fees (in CAD) International Students International Students Without Co-op Domestic Students Domestic Students Without Co-op
Tuition Fee $9,900 $9,900 $7,900 $7,900
Assessment Fee $250 $250 $0 $0
Application Fee $1,000 $1,000 $250 $250
Administration Fee $2,200 $200 $2,200 $200
Other Fee $300 $300 $0 $0
Textbook Fee $656 $656 $656 $656
Course Material Fees $111 $111 $111 $111
Total Fees $14,417 $12,417 $11,117 $9,117


  1. Student must be at least 19 years of age
  2. Language requirement: Evidence of IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent) with no band under 4; or
  3. The student can take an English Placement Test at Pacific Link College