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Community Resources, Social Services & Nonprofit Sector (Vancouver)

This guide offers residents of Vancouver a community resource hub. How to get help and from whom, as well as how to start, run, and manage a nonprofit organization is included.

Community Resources, Social Services & Nonprofit Sector

The purpose of this guide is to provide users with access to Vancouver's community services, organizations, and nonprofit societies. Our goal is to connect individuals and communities of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations to resources and help centres in their neighbourhood. It is also the library's role as information providers to ensure Vancouver residents know where to go to access basic human needs - and how to get help when one is in crisis.

Please note: If you are a new immigrant or refugee to Canada, please use our Immigration and Settlement research guide for help. And if you are looking for help finding employment, consult our Career and Job Search research guide.

Examples of questions answered in this guide: I need a new dentist. How do I find one in Vancouver? How do I find out about housing services for senior citizens in my neighbourhood? I have no where to sleep tonight. Can you find me shelter? I'd like to start a nonprofit organization but don't know how or where to begin. I need help with my gambling issues. Is there someone who can help me?

And don't forget you can call 211.

BC211 is the essential resource for finding help lines, shelter lists and services for a broad range of topics including: health care, financial assistance, employment, disabilities, immigration & refugees, and more. You can select a topic and type in your area code to find a service closest to you.

BC211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Their help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact the library at 604-331-3603 or email us at