Our Mission

Empowering the LGBTQ2S+ & ally community to overcome barriers to gain secure and meaningful employment.

We create an inclusive environment to build on confidence and achieve your full potential in a collaborative space, regardless of gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation.

We Know That

  • 25% of LGBTQ2S+ employees report staying in a job due to an inclusive work environment
  • LGBTQ2S+ people often cover or downplay aspects of their authentic selves in order to avoid discrimination
  • Only 37% of Trans participants were employed full-time, while 15% were employed part-time
  • Trans people have a median income of $15,000 a year
  • According to the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety, 31% of gay and lesbian people and 39% of bisexual individuals reported experiencing some form of discrimination in the last 5 years, with the workplace being the most commonly reported place of discrimination

Our Focus

QmunityWORKS aims to bridge the employment inequality for the LQBTQ2S+ community through:

  • Enhancing Life Skills
  • Developing Job Readiness Skills
  • Providing Work Supports
  • Achieving Job Sustainability


Access to individualized counselling/coaching to build your employability and lifeskills

  • Workplace communication
  • Assertive communication
  • Hard/Soft Skills
  • Interpersonal life skills
  • Identity at work
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Building internal/external support systems
  • Self-care and wellness at work
  • Goal setting and action planning for the future
  • Training plans
We meet you at your pace

Job Readiness

Developing your individual essential career skills and how they apply in the workplace

  • Develop core competencies such as: numeracy, workplace computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Office, GoogleDrive, etc.)
  • Cover letter, reference and resume building
  • Creating an online profile
  • Critical thinking and continuous learning
  • Job search strategies and the hidden job market
  • Interview skills and dealing with interview stress
  • Professional and social networking

Receive Employment Supports such as:

  • Wage subsidy
  • Transportation
  • Disability
  • Childcare
  • Short term training (i.e. FoodSafe, First Aid etc.)
  • Textbooks, software and other course material
  • Work gear
  • Training allowance

Job Sustainability

Maintain secure employment with the encouragement and expertise of the Job Development team by your side

  • Exploring and establishing boundaries of "Being Out" at work
  • How can people be their authentic selves in an organization and do it with confidence
  • Legal issues and knowing your rights at work
  • Educating employers
  • Employer supports and maintaince of training plans
  • Job coaching, employment counselling and on the job mentoring
  • Continuous support
  • Stress management
  • Enhancing social support

Connect Anywhere

Our web-based training provides participants in rural or urban communities with new opportunities in building their employability

We utilize webinar & video conferencing software to deliver training anywhere, whether it be the comfort of home or a library

My name is Shiloh

I am 2spirit, non-binary and an LGBTQ2S++ ally. I took part in the ETHOS self-employment program this year and was grateful for the support and genuine opportunity received with my coach. I hope more community members are able to work with this team to be supported and helped to find their dream jobs. I deal with many barriers in my life and felt so at ease that I was helped for who I am right from the beginning.

My name is Jonathan and this is my business partner Anna

Everyone we worked with at ETHOS was incredibly helpful in getting mine and my partner's business up and running. As members of the LGBTQ2S++ community, we are always very grateful to be able to work with groups who are not only open and accepting, but also passionate about helping people from all walks of life achieve their goals! Their support and assistance throughout the whole process of creating our business is something we'll never forget. Thank you to the whole ETHOS team for believing and supporting in us.

My name is Chelsea

I am a certified sexual health educator and I also work for ETHOS Career Management Group. I identify as Pansexual and am married to my incredible partner. I wish that awareness, support and workplace acceptance was around when I was a teen. I worked in places that didn't make me feel comfortable to tell my coworkers that I was queer. It's hard having to hide a part of who you are so that you can feel like you fit in. I felt like I had to be a different version of me and I really struggled with that for a few years. I ended up leaving a job because I didn't feel safe. I would do anything in my career capacity to help someone in my community feel accepted, because no one should have to lie about who they are and who they love.


  • Members and allies of the LGBTQ2S+ community who are facing multiple challenges to employment
  • Unemployed or precariously employed
  • Living on Vancouver Island
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person; legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not a full-time student
  • Not participating in another provincially or federally funded program


In order to participate you will need:

  • Computer
  • Webcam
  • Ability to hear and communicate (i.e. microphone, speaker headset etc.)
  • A quiet place to participate

If you don't have access to a piece of equipment please let us know and our team can help

Phase 1 | Online Classroom

6 Weeks of Class

Week 1 | Getting to Know Yourself

Week 2 | Completing Your Marketing Documents

Week 3 | Job Search Strategies for Success

Week 4 | Hidden Job Market & Expanding Lead Lists

Week 5 | Communication & Interview Skills

Week 6 | Continued Interview Skills, Starting a New Job & Wrap-up

Phase 2 | Work Experience, Wage Subsidy, Training &/or Job Search

12 weeks of Continuous Job Development
  • Heightened support of the Job Development Team
  • Employment/ Wage Subsity
  • Scheduled follow up meetings on your progress (as needed)

Up to 24 weeks of Additional Support

Our Society is Changing - Our Workforce is changing

The workplace as we know it, is becoming one that is rapidly growing, diversifying and adapting.

Our workforces need equality, diversity, respect and change and our LGBTQ2S+ community deserves employment supports, to overcome these barriers.

QmunityWORKS aims to empower you to reach your full potential.


What happens if I have to miss a session for work, school, family emergency, or other commitments?

  • Participants will be expected to inform their facilitator in advance and make arrangement for material missed

How and what do I get paid for participating?

  • Each participant will receive a cheque biweekly (based on attendance)
  • For each full day of participation, one will receive a stipend of $25

What happens if I don’t have the required technology to participate?

  • If you do not have access, the QmunityWORKS team will work with you to help you obtain the necessary equipment


Sign Up Today for Our Next Session

Contact Info

Phone | 250-741-8116

Toll-Free | 1-877-714-0471

Email | qmunityworks@ethoscmg.com

Mailing | 202-155 Skinner Street, Nanaimo V9R 5E8

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