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

Next Intake January 2023

About the Program 

A program for recent immigrant and refugee women to learn how to make and sell handcrafted goods at markets and craft fairs in Victoria.

This no-cost program delivered by Camosun College, in partnership with the 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. 

Information Sessions

Recruitment for the January 2023 cohort has begun! The following tentative online information sessions will be held October-December 2022, for any who would like to learn more about the Maker-to-Market Program. Please email if you have any questions.

A link to attend the sessions will be posted upon confirmation of dates.

Afternoon Sessions (3:00-4:00 PM)

October 19th
November 9th
November 16th
November 30th
December 7th
December 14th

Evening Sessions (6:00-7:00 PM)

October 26th
November 23rd
December 21st


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

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Class Size: Limited to 12 Participants.

Contact information

Maker to Market

Sydney Wilson