Step-by-Step Instructions to Apply for WorkBC Services
These instructions will take you through applying for WorkBC Services, setting up your OES profile, and registering for the Virtual WorkBC Center step-by-step. If you need help at any time during the registration process, call us at the numbers on the previous page. Our staff will be happy to assist you!
Step 1: Register for WorkBC Services
When you click the link above, a new Window or Tab will open and take you to apply.workbc.ca.
Follow the instructions below on the workbc.ca tab or window that just opened.
Click the “Create an account” Button.
On the “Welcome to Online Employment Services” page, click “Create an account”.
What type of services are you applying for?
You’ll see 5 different options. Choose the option you’re most interested in. (Circle 1)
If you’re unsure, choose “WorkBC Employment Services”.
Click the Continue button. (Circle 2)
Please select your WorkBC Centre
In the “Community” dropdown, select your location and click “Search”
Your closest WorkBC Centres will appear. Click “Continue with this Centre” on the WorkBC Centre you want to apply to.
WorkBC Employment Services
Scroll past the section titled “WorkBC Employment Services” and click “Start” at the bottom.
Your consent is required
After clicking “Start” you will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions of service.
Review the Terms and Conditions, check the “I Agree to the Terms and Conditions” checkbox, and click “Continue”.
Do you currently have a BCeID?
A BCeID is an online government account unique to British Columbia. It is used across many government services. You’ll need a BCeID to sign in to Online Employment Services and receive WorkBC Services.
If you’ve accessed government services before, including Income Assistance (IA), you will already have a BCeID. We suggest choosing “Yes” if you know your BCeID login information and “Not Sure” if you think you might have had a BCeID before (you’ll be guided through registering for one if it turns out you don’t!). Choose “No” only if you are certain you’ve never had a BCeID in the past.
Select one of the 3 options on this page:
Yes: You have a BCeID and know your login.
No: You are sure you don’t have a BCeID and need to register for one.
Not Sure: You might have a BCeID and would like help finding it.
Follow the directions in #8 below depending on which option you chose.
Creating, Finding, or Logging into your BCeID
Each of the 3 sections below provides specific instructions based on your previous choice of Yes, No, or Not Sure. Follow only the one section below that applies to your choice.
You chose Yes: You have a BCeID
Choose Yes and click “Continue”. You’ll be taken to the BCeID Login page.
Login with your BCeID. If you forgot your password or User ID click the “Forgot your user ID or password” link and follow the instructions. You’ll need access to the email address associated with your BCeID and know the answers to your security questions to reset your password or retrieve your BCeID User ID.
Continue to #9 below once you’re logged in to your BCeID!
You chose No: You don’t have a BCeID
Choose “No” and click “Continue”. You’ll be taken to the BCeID Registration page.
Click the “Register for a Basic BCeID” button.
On the following page, enter your Surname (Last Name), First Name, Email, User ID (this is your BCeID and must be unique) and Password.
Select 2 security questions and provide answers (1). We strongly suggest writing these answers down along with your BCeID User ID and Email and keeping it in a safe, private place. You need to answer the security questions correctly and access your email inbox to reset your password in the future.
On the following “Registration Complete” page, click “Continue to Online Employment Services – Production”.
Continue to #9 below once you’ve logged in to the BCeID you just created!
You chose NOT SURE: You might have a BCeID
A form will expand below when selecting this option. Enter your Last Name, SIN number and date of birth.
Click Continue. If a BCeID is found associated with your name and SIN number, it will be displayed and you can choose the BCeID you’d like to log in to.
If you’ve forgotten the passwords of any BCeIDs found, you can follow the directions to reset your password on the login page. You must have access to the email associated with the BCeID and know the answers to the security questions to reset your password.
If you don’t have access to your email or know your security questions, you’ll have to go back and choose “No” to register for a new BCeID.
Continue to #9 below once you’re logged in to your BCeID!
Register for Online Employment Services
After logging in or registering for a BCeID you may be presented with the login history screen. Click Continue.
On the “Register for Online Employment Services” page, enter your First name, Last name, SIN, Date of Birth and Gender. Required fields are indicated by a red *.
Select the method you’d like to receive notification when you get a message in OES. You can receive emails, text messages, or both. (Circle 1)
Enter your email address (Circle 2) and mobile phone number (Circle 3). If you selected to receive notifications via text, please enter your mobile number in the “Message phone number” field as well.
Note: If you don’t have a mobile phone number, please enter your home phone number in the mobile phone number field and select “I would like to be notified by email”.
Click “Continue” once the form is complete.
Confirmation email and text message sent
Almost done! Please take a moment to read this page and follow the directions on it.
If you choose to receive text message notifications, you’ll receive a text to confirm your phone number. Enter the verification code from the text message in the “Verification Code” field.
Click “Logout & Continue” then “Return to Home Page”.
On to Step 2!
Please close any open WorkBC website tabs or windows you have open. Leave these instructions open though – Step 2 is next!
Step 2 will guide you through logging in to Online Employment Services (OES) and filling in your OES profile!
Click Next to continue to Step 2
Step 2: Complete OES Profile
You’ve got an email!
Go to your email inbox and locate a message with the subject “Online Employment Services Email Verification”.
You’ll find a link in this email. Please click this link and login with the BCeID you used during registration to complete the setup of your account.
Section 1: Client Intake
Now you’re logged into OES, you should see the “Section 1: Client Intake” screen with 0% complete.
Click Continue on this page. You’ll be taken to the “Please provide us with some basic personal information” page. This, and each subsequent page will require you to answer questions or enter information. Enter as much information as possible and answer all questions truthfully, the best you can!
Fields marked with a * are required.
Click “Continue” after completing each page to move to the next. If you want to go back, you can click the “Previous” button at any time.
Section 2: Client
Click Continue on this page. You’ll be taken to the “Tell us about your most recent employment or self-employment” page.
This, and each subsequent page will require you to answer questions or enter information. Enter as much information as possible and answer all questions truthfully, the best you can!
Fields marked with a * are required.
Click “Continue” after completing each page. If you want to go back, you can click the “Previous” button at any time.
On the last page, “Your consent is required”, review the Terms and Conditions, check the “I have read the Terms and Conditions” checkbox, and click “Submit Application”.
Congratulations! You’ve applied
for WorkBC Services!
After clicking on “Submit Application”, you should receive confirmation that your application for WorkBC has been successfully submitted. Our staff will be in contact with you shortly! In the meantime, take some time to look around OES!
The next items, #5 and #6 below, cover logging in to your OES account next time (#5) and using OES once logged in (#6)! Please take a few minutes to review each, so you know how to access and use OES – you’ll be required to do so as part of your services.
Logging into your OES account from now on
If you’ve been following these instructions from the beginning, you first logged into OES, by clicking the link in your email. Here’s how to do it in the future without that email!
2. Login with your BCeID and password you used when registering!
You’re logged into OES, but what does OES do for you? Here are a few things:
Messages: The most important tab is “Messages”. This is where all text communication with WorkBC and WorkBC staff will take place. Whenever you get a message in OES, you’ll receive a notification to your email and/or phone number, depending on your selection previously.
Applications: The applications tab allows you to track the application you just made, as well as make new applications in the future for additional services!
Service Requests; Case Details; Employment History: These tabs will become populated once your application(s) are approved and you begin to receive services. They will allow you to request services, view the details of your case file, and update and modify your employment history!
Account Information: Finally, Account Information allows you to edit your personal & contact info, as well as change your notification preferences if you’d like to change how you receive OES message notifications.
On to Step 3!
You’ve registered for services and your application is being processed.
Step 3 will guide you through registering for the second account you need, a Virtual WorkBC Account!
Click Next to continue to Step 3
Access your Services!
BCeID for Online Employment Services
Login to your Online Employment Services (OES) account using the BCeID you registered for WorkBC Services with at apply.workbc.ca!
- Communicate with WorkBC staff via OES Messaging. Need help? We’re here!
- Request new services or change existing services you’re receiving.
- Report your successes and achievements!