In 1994, a small HR consulting company with one modest contract opened its doors in Victoria, BC. Our company’s founders named it WCG, for “West Coast Group,” in homage to our Vancouver Island roots.
This fledgling company was firmly focused on providing on-the-job training for employees of small businesses and unemployed British Columbians. From day one, we wanted to help people achieve their potential in the workplace.
Our training rapidly expanded to include providing recruiting and placement support for employers across all sectors.
In 2000, WCG’s growth continued as we became the prime contractor for two large-scale provincial employment programs for the BC Ministry of Social Development. Each year, we served over 10 000 clients. For 12 years, WCG’s hugely successful JobWave programs helped all types of clients, with a focus on multi-barriered, vulnerable clients and people with disabilities.
In 2007, WCG was purchased by Providence Service Corporation. Providence’s mandate, “Human Services without Walls,” is complementary to our beliefs at WCG. Providence is a North American leader in providing the highest-quality human social services, collaborative care services and community transportation. In 2014, Providence acquired Ingeus, a global workforce development company. Being a part of the Providence and Ingeus networks provides WCG with access to world-class resources and support.
In 2009, our vocational rehabilitation work expanded yet again when WCG was contracted by Veterans Affairs Canada to deliver CanVet Vocational Services, the first national program to serve Veterans and their families. WCG is honoured to be continuing to serve our Veterans through Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services (CVVRS), which delivers vocational rehabilitation and vocational assistance services to help these men, women and their families live their best lives through meaningful employment.
Since 1994, our programs have helped almost 160 000 Canadians overcome barriers while they get the vocational and life skills training they need. For many, this leads to rewarding employment. We’re helping people change their lives for the better.