EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society)


Business Number: 869910513RR0001

Our Mission

EMBERS is a community economic development charity with a mission to help people living on low incomes develop productive futures and become financially self-sufficient. 


EMBERS works to combat poverty and assists in the revitalization of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside through social enterprise and community-based business development. Our mission is to empower people living on low incomes to be economically self-sufficient and develop productive futures. We help thousands of people each year access work opportunities, training, and support through our four main initiatives:

(1) EMBERS Staffing Solutions is Canada’s only award-winning temporary staffing agency and social enterprise that connects companies with workers.

(2) EMBERS Ventures provides business training programs and coaching services to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

(3)EMBERS Eastside Works helps people in the Downtown Eastside make connections to the world of work, earn income, and improve their livelihoods.

(4) EMBERS Training helps individuals up-skill and advance their careers, primarily in construction. 

What People Are Saying

"I was broke, and EMBERS helped me up on my feet so I could get my life back on track. If it had not been for them providing me with a job, I really don’t know where I would have ended up by now. Thank you, EMBERS."

— Chrisia

"EMBERS helped me get back into the work force. I have struggled in addiction for many years and had just finished a drug and alcohol treatment program prior to coming to EMBERS. They never judged me, and they gave me the opportunity to become a productive member in our society."

— Dorian

"EMBERS has given me so many opportunities. After I worked with EMBERS for a while, they offered to train me up as a Hoist Operator. Now I’m working full time in a great position on an awesome job site. I’m grateful to EMBERS for this opportunity."

— Abel

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