Maker to Market

Markets as Incubators for Language, Cultural and Work Skills Development of Recent Immigrant & Refugee Women

Next Intake  February 2023

Women of the World (W.O.W.) Soup vendors at local market

Program at a glance


No credential

Work experience


Study options

Blended delivery

Open to International



10 months

About the Program

A program for recent immigrant and refugee women to learn how to make and sell handcrafted goods at farmers’ markets and craft fairs in Victoria.

Maker to Market students in front of Fisher Building

This award winning, no-cost program is delivered by Camosun College in association with the DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Mustard Seed, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM). It is designed to help immigrant and refugee women acquire the language, business and communication skills necessary to start their own small businesses and assist with integration into the local community.

Recruitment for the February 2023 cohort has begun. Below is the list of upcoming information session, along with links to attend.

Date/TimeJoin a Wednesday Information Session
noon - 1pm

January 11 & January 25, 2023
Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Fisher Building, Room 210
Online Link Phone In: 1-888-899-2266 PIN: 900 177 6815


January 18 & February 1, 2023
Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Fisher Building, Room 210
Online Link
Phone In: 1-888-899-2266 PIN: 725 327 1623


Program Summary

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada logo

February - May 2023

  • Improve your English language skills
  • Develop team building and communication skills
  • Learn the basics of business, entrepreneurship and product development
  • Develop employment and maker skills (food and crafts)

Blended learning: On campus, in community and online

Tentative Schedule:
Mornings or early afternoons, 4-5 days per week

May - November 2023

  • Apply skills learned
  • Problem solve with instructors and mentors
  • Develop your products
  • Participate in weekly farmers’ markets/craft fairs
  • Ongoing language and communication skills development

Blended learning: On campus, in community and online

Tentative Schedule:
Up to 10 hours per week for 7 months

Curriculum & courses


Only the following persons are eligible to receive settlement services and be able to participate in this program:

  • Permanent residents of Canada or Protected Persons (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act); Individuals who have been selected inside or outside Canada to become permanent residents (pending verification) and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC;
  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by IRCC; and
  • Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
  • Eligible persons include principal applicant and eligible dependents.
  • Canadian citizen and non-permanent residents are not eligible for this program.

Applicants must also:

  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 3 or higher in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Successfully complete an intake interview to ensure that they have a good understanding of the program and are aware of the time commitment

Contact us

For more information on the Marker to Market Program contact Sydney Wilson, 250-370-3266,

Faculty/staff profile


Sydney Wilson

Marker to Market Program Contact

Looking west towards the Liz Ashton Campus Centre at Interurban campus

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Class Size: Limited to 14 Participants.

Contact information

Maker to Market

Sydney Wilson