Welcome to PovNetU

What is PovNetU?

PovNetU is a collection of online courses for rural and urban anti-poverty advocates in BC and Canada. Our courses are a useful and cost efficient way of improving the skills and knowledge of advocates and front-line workers.

Courses are facilitated by experienced advocates and include exercises and online discussion forums that enable learners to talk to and share experiences with one another as well as do individual work.

Our courses:

  • are accessible and easy to navigate;
  • encourage collaboration and participation;
  • include knowledgeable feedback from experienced facilitators;
  • provide up-to-date links, info and breakdowns of procedures;
  • offer practical experience and real-life examples

Who is eligible to take PovNetU courses?

PovNet's courses are for advocates, front-line workers and community members who are doing anti-poverty related advocacy work. Your eligibility for our courses will be determined by the information you provide us with in your registration.

How do I register for a PovNetU course?

When we begin registration intake for a course, we send an email invitation to register to the PovNet email lists and to our PovNetU Announcement list (click on this link to subscribe yourself). The invitation will include a link to the registration form you need to complete. This list is only for PovNetU course announcements. For any other inquiries, please contact us directly at povnetu@povnet.org.

How does registration work?

Once you receive your invitation from PovNet to register for a PovNetU course, click on the included registration link to complete the online registration form for that course. When you save your registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

Registrations are reviewed in the order we receive them, and are only available for a limited time. So get yours in early!

We will contact all eligible registrants a few days before the course starts.

  • If you are enrolled in the course, we will send you a welcome email containing information about how to log in and get started a few days before the course starts.
  • If the course is full, we will let you know you've been added to the waitlist.

    How do PovNetU courses work?

PovNetU courses are free. We estimate a time commitment from learners of about 2-3 hours a week. The courses are asynchronistic, which means that you can log on any time while the course is running to do the work.

Course content
Learners move through course topics week-by-week. Content includes helpful information, examples, scenarios, links to key resources and much more.


Courses include discussion boards, where learners engage with peers in facilitated discussion to gain a well-rounded understanding of course topics.

Personal Assignments
Learners complete private assignments and receive one-on-one feedback from their facilitators.

Learners complete true/false, multiple choice and/or short answer quizzes to help them self-evaluate and test their knowledge.

Courses are led by experienced advocates who moderate the forum conversations and provide feedback to learners.

What courses does PovNetU offer?

PovNetU courses are listed below. Each course is 4 to 6 weeks long.

  • CPP Disability Benefits: Levels 1 and 2
  • Dealing With Debt
  • Employment Insurance: Levels 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Advocacy
  • Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Appeals
  • Residential Tenancy Act: Levels 1 and 2
  • Seniors’ Residential Care Advocacy
  • Welfare Advocacy: Levels 1 and 2

When are PovNetU courses offered?

PovNetU courses are offered through the fall, winter and spring months. There are no guarantees about which courses we will be able to run each year, as it depends on funding, so we cannot provide you with additional information about what courses we will be offering in the future.

All the information about upcoming courses is posted on the PovNetU office site

How do I get in touch with PovNetU?

Please contact PovNetU's training coordinator directly for additional information on courses.

Email: povnetu [at] povnet.org

Who is PovNet?




Visit the PovNet website to learn more about us.

PovNetU is home to online courses for anti-poverty advocates. These courses are offered through PovNet in collaboration with other agencies.

Skip PovNetU is supported by:

PovNetU is supported by:

BC Government Employees Union


BC Teachers' Federation

Community Legal Assistance Society
The Community Unemployed Help Centre
First United Church Mission
Hospital Employees Union

Law Foundation of BC
BC Ministry of Justice
The Society of Notaries Public of BC
Tenants Resource and Advisory Centre