Vancouver Island University will be offering a tuition-free trades program for newcomers to Canada. The Trades Pathways for Newcomers program will cover trade-specific English language skills, math, and other workplace skills and knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to shadow VIU trades programs such as carpentry, electrical, baking, and culinary and will meet with employers to learn more about working in different trades. The program’s design prioritizes flexibility, given the other commitments that students may have, and offers wraparound supports to students who decide to enter a full-time trades program at the university. The program is tuition-free thanks to a previous $1M investment from the Government of British Columbia.