Get information that is essential for all newcomers to Canada


Moving Ahead

Do you need extra help in adapting to life in Canada? ISSofBC offers personalized support to refugees and immigrants who face multiple barriers.

ISSofBC provides:

  • An extensive, personalized wraparound settlement plan
  • One-on-one, family and group support
  • Accompaniment on important appointments such as to the law office, medical clinic or school
  • Workshops on life skills such as personal health and parenting
  • Assistance with accessing community services such as medical or education
  • Job search and career exploration
  • Certificate training for employment such as First Aid and Food Safe
  • Home visitations

Volunteer Connections

Are you interested in making new friends in Canada? Connect with an ISSofBC volunteer.

ISSofBC provides:

  • Settlement Mentors: Connect with a volunteer settlement mentor who can assist as you settle in Canada. Services include information on Canadian culture and workforce practices, accompaniment to events, English language practice and friendship.
  • Volunteering in Action Mentors: Learn what it’s like to volunteer in your community with the assistance of an ISSofBC volunteer. You will work together at community events to help build your confidence and become an active member of society.
  • Learning in Action Mentors: In partnership with ELSA, ISSofBC connects students with volunteer mentors for three months. During this time, you will explore the community, learn about Canadian culture, practice English and increase your community involvement.

Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program

Are you seeking a safe and confidential place to share your experiences and learn new skills? Join ISSofBC’s support group and training program with women like you.

Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program (IWPSP) assists immigrant and refugee women who are in the process of adapting to a new life in Canada.

The program provides a safe and supportive space to help newcomer women:

  • break feelings of isolation
  • develop support networks
  • learn new skills
  • gather information and resources
  • develop or enhance leadership skills

For more information, click here.

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