Markets as Incubators for Language, Cultural and Work Skills Development of Recent Immigrant & Refugee Women

Now accepting applicants for 2024

About the Program 

An award-winning program for recent immigrant and refugee women to learn how to make and sell handcrafted goods at farmers' markets and craft fairs in Victoria.

This no-cost program delivered for the fourth year by Camosun College, in association with the DIVERSECITY Community Resources Society, Mustard Seed, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM), is designed to help immigrant and refugee women acquire language, business and communication skills necessary to start their own small businesses and assist with integration into the local community. 2024 will be the final year for this program, so now is your chance to join!

Phase 1: April to July 2024

Phase 2: August to Nov 2024

  • Improve your English language skills
  • Develop team building and communication skills
  • Learn the basics of business, entrepreneurship and product development
  • Develop employment and maker skills (foods and crafts)
Blended Learning: In person at Camosun, in community and online
Time Commitment: Morning or early afternoons, 4-5 days per week
  • Problem-solve with instructors and mentors
  • Apply skills and develop your products
  • Participate in weekly farmers' markets/craft fairs
  • Ongoing language and communication skills development
Blended Learning: In person at Camosun, in community and online
Time Commitment: Up to 10 hours per week




Only the following persons are eligible to receive settlement services and be able to participate in this program:

  • Permanent residents of Canada or Protected Persons (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act); Individuals who have been selected inside or outside Canada to become permanent residents (pending verification) and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC;
  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by IRCC; and
  • Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
  • Eligible persons include principal applicant and eligible dependents.
  • Canadian citizen and non-permanent residents are not eligible for this program.

Applicants must also:

  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 3 or higher in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Successfully complete an intake interview to ensure that they have a good understanding of the program and are aware of the time commitment

Apply Today

Class Size: Limited to 12 Participants.


Contact Information

Maker to Market

Sarah Nielsen



We are especially grateful to live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees, Esquimalt), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia'new, T'Sou-ke, and WSÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here.

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