Maker to Market students at market

Maker to Market

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

Next Intake January 2023 

Program at a glance


No credential

Area of Study

Study options

Blended delivery

Work experience


Open to International



7 months

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About the Program

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

Maker to Market students in front of Fisher Building

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

Recruitment for the January 2023 cohort will begin in Fall 2022 and information session dates will be posted.  

Program Summary

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January - March 2022

  • 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:
Mondays -Thursdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm & Fridays 9:30 - 2 pm

April - October 2022


  • 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

Up to 1.5 days per week 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

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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 12 Participants.

Contact information

Maker to Market

Sydney Wilson