Immigrant Settlement Guides

There are many guides and tools to assist immigrants and refugees to settle in their new communities and workplaces. The guides and websites listed here have been developed by the governments of BC and Canada and are the most current, comprehensive and informative.

In the “Immigrant Questions and Answers” pages of this website, you will find answers to questions newcomers might have about school, work and life here in BC. In those answers you will find links back to specific pages and sections of these guides and websites.

Additional Resources for Newcomers to Canada

Settlement 

Newcomers’ Guide – The British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services provides information on many settlement topics. The Guide is available in 11 different languages. This guide was developed by the Province of British Columbia.

WelcomeBC – The WelcomeBC website provides information for immigrants and service providers on topics related to settling and working in BC. This site is managed by the Province of British Columbia.

Discover Canada: The Right and Responsibilities of Citizenship – This study guide helps immigrants prepare to take the Canadian citizenship test. This guide was developed by the Government of Canada.

First Peoples: A guide for Newcomers  – This guide introduces immigrants to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and ways for immigrants to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.

Language Learning 

Language Instruction Support and Training Network – LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. LINC provides English training for adult immigrants. LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and is free for new immigrants. LISTN is the society of LINC Service Providers in BC. This website lists where English language classes are located in BC and provides some teaching and learning English resources.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks  – Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are used across Canada to assess English language levels. This website explains the benchmarks and how they are used. It also has some English learning and teaching resources and English language assessment information and tools. The Centre and this website are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Employment

WorkBC The WorkBC website helps people understand the local labour market, explore career options and find jobs.  The website provides a list of WorkBC Employment Services Centres; click here to find a WorkBC Employment Services Centre in your community. WorkBC is funded and managed by the Province of British Columbia.
Click here to view “Planning to Work in BC? An Essential Workbook for Newcomers”.

WelcomeBC Job Profiles – The WelcomeBC Job Profiles are overviews of occupations and how these occupations are practiced in British Columbia. The profiles also include information on the steps needed to find specific jobs. The profiles were developed and are updated with funding from the Province of British Columbia.

Working in CanadaWorking in Canada is the Government of Canada’s leading source for jobs and labour market information. It offers free occupational and career information such as job opportunities, educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends and outlooks.

Health 

BC Health Guide in Chinese, Farsi, French, Punjabi The BC Health Guide Handbook has comprehensive information on how to recognize and manage common health problems. Learn about preventing illness, home treatment options and when you should see a doctor. This guide was developed and is updated by the Province of British Columbia.

Refugee Health This website provides information on refugees to BC and the healthcare services available to them. The website has information about the Canadian healthcare system, common illnesses, where to find doctors who speak languages in addition to English and other information that is important to providing effective healthcare to refugees. Some information is provided in different languages. This website is supported by Bridge Refugee Clinic, the Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the BC College of Family Physicians.