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Vocational Rehabilitation

Counselling related to your concerns about work.
Some cancer patients may not be able to return to their previous job, while others may decide they want to change jobs. Some patient may need help transitioning back to work and some need advice dealing with job-related issues such as rights and responsibilities.

What is the Vocational Rehabilitation Service?

A vocational rehabilitation counsellor can work with you to make a plan based on your individual needs. This can include addressing:

  • Returning to work
  • Maintaining work
  • Changing jobs
  • Finding new work
Our counsellor can provide:

  • Assessment of vocational needs 
  • Information and referral to resources available in the community
  • Identify sources of funding for retraining
  • Clarify insurance benefits and services
  • Assistance with setting  realistic work goals and expectations 
  • Information on human rights and disability issues
  • Guidance about disclosure to colleagues on a job interview
  • Support on how to negotiate with an employer for return to work and job accommodations
  • Help with life planning and goal setting
  • Ideas for managing stress at work
How to access this service
Registered BC Cancer patients who have work or school- related concerns can speak with a Vocational Rehabilitation counsellor.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call your nearest Patient & Family Counselling office:

Centre Telephone Toll-free (within BC)
Abbotsford
604-851-4733
1-877-547-3777
ext. 644733
Kelowna
250-712-3963
1-888-563-7773
Prince George
250-645-7330
1-855-775-7300
Surrey
604-930-4000
1-800-523-2885
Vancouver
604-877-6000
ext. 2189
1-800-663-3333 
ext. 2189
Victoria
250-519-5525
1-800-670-3322

Work-focused groups 
BC Cancer hosts several different work-focused groups. For more information or to register for a program see Patient & Family Couselling contacts above.

  • Job Search Seminar (onsite in Vancouver and offered by distance programs for patients outside of Vancouver)
  • Looking for Work Using Social Media (Vancouver)
  • Return to Work Group (onsite in Vancouver and offered by distance programs outside of Vancouver)
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