Social Supports

Welcome BC: To learn more about what British Columbia has to offer, visit the Welcome B.C. webpage. It includes resources to help immigrants adapt to life in B.C and provides resources for studying and working in B.C.

SUCCESS: This resource offers assistance in obtaining Canadian citizenship, long-term residency, family sponsorship or a required work or visitor visa. SUCCESS can assist you to ensure that you have success fulfilling the official Canadian requirements. 

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC): ISSofBC offers career services, settlement services, and language services for Canadian immigrants. This is the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, and support services in over 45 languages. Resources that are offered include English teaching/support, assistance in finding a job, volunteering opportunities, and mentorship. Their programs and services are available throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish, and the Okanagan.

Mosaic:  Offers settlement assistance, English language training, employment programs, interpretation and translation services, counseling services, and community outreach for families and individuals.

Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria: This organization helps individuals connect across cultures. They offer settlement services, employment services, English services, workshop/training sessions, the opportunity to have a translator and/or mentor, and many other resources that are discussed on their webpage.

Multi-Cultural Organizational Database: This resource provides a list of various different cultural organizations.The support and resources that are offered are based on the specific cultural organization.

CICI (Canadian Information Centre for International Credential: CICI can help immigrants navigate through the educational system, have their current credentials recognized, provide financial assistance, and help immigrants prepare for their life in Canada.

BC211: BC211 is a Vancouver based organization that provides free referrals, information, and helpline services. These include, but are not limited to, resources for immigrants and refugees, employment and training services, mental health support, counseling, healthcare support, and supports for children and families.