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Immigration and Settlement

This guide is for people who need information about immigrating to Canada, for themselves, or for family members or friends.

Settlement Services



This page has links to organizations that can help you after you immigrate to British Columbia.  You can find more services for refugees and refugee claimants by clicking the Refugee Support tab.

New to BC:  Immigrant and Refugee Programs and Services

In order the settle into your new life, you might need help and support.  Here you can find groups and associations in Greater Vancouver that will help you and your family find answers to many common questions.  Includes organizations that help with finding a job and learning English, as well as programs for children and seniors.


Immigrant Services In Your Area

This directory will help you find settlement assistance in every part of Canada.  Include information on organizations that provide English assessment and classes, job search and other services.


WelcomeBC for Temporary Residents

Setllement Support for temporary residents


BC Settlement & Integration Services (BCSIS)

Provides assistance for temporary residents, refugee claimants and international students.


Community Resources, Social Services & Nonprofit Sector (Vancouver)

Helps you find services you need in Vancouver.


Neighbourhood Houses

Neighbourhood houses are good places to find out about services, meet people and explore volunteer opportunities. A neighbourhood house is a welcoming place where everyone, all ages, nationalities and abilities can attend, participate, belong, lead and learn through programs, services and community building.  You can find Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey.

Alexandra Neighbourhood House Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Burnaby Neighbourhood House Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House North Shore Neighbourhood House
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Gordon Neighbourhood House  


Settlement Workers in Schools

Settlement Workers in Schools provide orientation information and support to recently arrived immigrant students in the K-12 public school system, and their families.  Workers help to connect families with services and resources in their community.

In Greater Vancouver Settlement Workers are available to help you in many school districts including:

Abbotsford School District #34 Maple Ridge- Pitt Meadows School District #42
Burnaby School District #41 New Westminster School District #40
Chilliwack School District #33 North Vancouver School District #44
Conseil Scolaire Francophone Richmond School District #38
Coquitlam School District #43 Surrey School District #36
Delta School District #37 Vancouver School District #39
Langley School District #35 West Vancouver School District #45


Islamophobia Hotline - 604-343-3828

Free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.


Arrival Advisor

A free mobile app designed to fast-track BC newcomers to successful and sustainable settlement by providing them recommended information and services tailored specifically to their needs, circumstances, and varying stages of settlement. Available on iOS and Android.

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