Peer Employment Program


Download the Application for PEP


All applications can be submitted online via email to: or in person at INEO’s main location: 4908 Argyle Street.


What? The Peer Employment Program is a fully funded employment program built for individuals who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness. The program is funded by The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and delivered by INEO Employment Services working in partnership with the Port Alberni Shelter Society. Eligible individuals have an opportunity to work with the a small crew, for minimum wage at the Shelter Farm.

Where? The program is headquartered at INEO Employment Services, 4908 Argyle Street and work placement is located at the Shelter Farm at 725 Franklin River Road, Port Alberni

Who?  The Peer Employment Program invites individuals who are:

  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent Resident; and
  • Living within the Alberni Clayoquat Regional District; and
  • At risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness; and
  • Unattached to the labour market or unemployed; and 
  • Facing one or more of the following barriers: addictions or substance abuse; street entrenched; prior criminal justice involvement; mental health challenges; lack of social networks and connections; low self-esteem and/or low income; or facing stigma associated with any of the barriers listed

Time Commitment? Program participants can expect to spend anywhere from 3 to 20 hours of work per week for up to 26 weeks. Participants can choose to work hours that fit with their strengths and abilities and will get paid for the hours that they actively work.

What’s Included? 

  • Assessments
  • Transportation Support
  • Essential Skills Training
  • Light Lunch and Snacks
  • Pre-Employment Services and Supports
  • Disability Supports
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Goal Setting
  • Mental Health Support
  • Employment Plans
  • Access to Substance Use Counselling

Outcomes? The Peer Employment Program supports individuals to increase confidence, determine employment skills, connect to community services, and move further along the continuum toward the labour market attachment!