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Online Services Now Available for Immigrants

English Conversation Online Service

Immigrant resources and organizations are impactful on our communities, but due to the physical distancing measures set in place, it’s been difficult for organizations to continue their traditional face-to-face services. The unprecedented and challenging times of COVID-19 have given these organizations the opportunity to shift to an online services format to respond to the needs of their patrons.

NewToBC has compiled a list of online and hybrid programs for newcomers and organizations to refer to during this time. We will continue to update the list as we find new information. The services listed below are varied and work to meet the needs of newcomers settling into their new country. A sampling of the many services offered include:

Online Service Newcomer Employment ProgramParticipate in Connections – A Newcomer Employment Program through the Training Group at Douglas College. This 8-week, online program offers workplace skills training, 4 weeks of job placement, and ongoing job support; teaching newcomers about Canadian workplace culture, and providing industry-specific training and certificates.

Take English Conversation classes at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House. These classes are online, via Zoom, where you will engage in conversation, make new friends, and experience learning online with a supportive community.

Access Counselling Services through DIVERSEcity. If you need mental health or substance use support, DIVERSEcity’s Counselling Services department will help you and your family with free, culturally sensitive, confidential help in your first language over the phone.

Virtual Peer Support Groups for Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, and Spanish Speaking Women at ISSofBC. Meet other women online to make new friends and build support networks. You can share your experiences and challenges in life in Canada with other women.

Chinese Help Lines at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. promote the well-being of Chinese Canadians who are experiencing difficulties during this time. If you are finding it hard to access social services due to language and cultural barriers, or fear of social stigma, S.U.C.C.E.S.S is here for you. You can view more about this service here.

There are many more services available whether you’re looking for a book club, legal services, parenting programs, or senior’s programs. We encourage you to have a look and share with others. These organizations have been incredibly responsive and adaptive to recent changes and are here to help newcomers through these new online services.