Our mission is to create economic and employment opportunities for people by providing them jobs, training and support. 



EMBERS (the Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society) is a registered Canadian charity whose mission is to create economic and employment opportunities for people by providing them jobs, training, and support. We seek to empower individuals into economic self-sufficiency so that they can build their best future.

Since 2001, we have provided a comprehensive array of job placements and support services that address the full employment continuum, from pre-employment to sustainable employment. We have won multiple provincial and national awards for our community impact and initiatives aimed at getting people back to work and building a better future.

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Our Story

The EMBERS story begins with a passion for assisting and encouraging community engagement in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Developed in response to announcements from the City of Vancouver and other stakeholders to revitalize Vancouver’s inner city, EMBERS aligned with community leaders, residents and businesses in a shared commitment to building partnerships with residents and re-engaging the area to its past economic prominence. 

After more than a year of research and consultation with inner-city residents, EMBERS was officially established as a community economic development charity in 2001. Initially offering self employment and training and support for budding entrepreneurs, EMBERS has since grown to offer a number of other employment services inclusive to inner-city residents and the communities we serve. 

Each year, EMBERS helps thousands of people facing barriers to work lead productive, fulfilling lives by offering economic and employment opportunities through our social enterprise, EMBERS Staffing, and other programs. We are proud to have created one of Canada’s largest employment social enterprises. EMBERS currently supports communities through the following four key service programs: EMBERS Staffing, EMBERS Training, EMBERS Community Employment Services, and EMBERS Eastside Works.

Supporters and Funders

We are proud to strengthen communities alongside our supporters and funders.

Our Team


Marcia Nozick
Founder & CEO
Doug Aason
Johanna Li
Director of EMBERS Eastside Works
Lynne Tapper
Director of Training Programs and Partnership Development
Shruthi Dinkar
HR Business Partner