Our Approach

Since its inception, Tradeworks has focused on providing services and support to residents living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, an area known for its rich history and diverse neighbourhoods.

Tradeworks operates a social enterprise called Tradeworks Custom Products, whose mission is to employ residents living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, while providing quality products.

In addition, the Tradeworks Facility hosts carpentry employment programs in partnership with Open Door Group. The carpentry training program allows participants to build their skills and find meaningful employment.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: Tradeworks assists individuals with barriers to employment by developing the skills they need to secure meaningful employment and rebuild their lives.

Vision: A community where all members can overcome barriers, achieve their goals, participate in all aspects of civic life, and live full and rewarding lives.

Values: Tradeworks is committed to helping all community members realize their own capacity and improve their lives. In doing so, Tradeworks values compassion, accountability, educational equity, collaboration, second chances, and possibilities.