In addition to the settlement information on this website, the NewToBC team has put together a list of other great sources of settlement information. The guides and websites listed here have been developed by the governments of BC and Canada and are the most current, comprehensive, and credible sources of settlement information.
In the “Settling in BC: 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.
The British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services provides information on many settlement topics. The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide is available online in English and seven other languages—Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, Korean, Punjabi and Tagalog. Print copies in these languages are also available free of charge for shipment within BC.
The WelcomeBC website provides information for immigrants and service providers on topics related to settling and working in BC. It helps newcomers adapt to work and life in British Columbia. Newcomers will find a wealth of information on immigration, jobs, qualifications recognition, support services and more!
New immigrants and their families can get free in-person and online services to help prepare for and adjust to life in Canada. Pre-arrival services can help new immigrants to prepare for their move to Canada, to get their education, work experience and credentials recognized in Canada, to connect with employers to find a job, and to connect with free services after you arrive in Canada.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program
The LINC program offers free classes for recent immigrants. The program focuses on vocabulary development, grammar, speaking and listening, reading and writing, and settlement themes. LINC classes help students learn English for day-to-day living. Before you can enroll in a LINC program, you must complete a language assessment. You can find a LINC class in your community here.
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are used across Canada to assess English language levels. The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring, and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. It also has some English and French learning and teaching resources and language assessment information and tools.
The WelcomeBC Job Profiles are overviews of 500 occupations and how these occupations are practiced in British Columbia. The profiles include all the details you need from job duties and wages to projected occupational demands in your region.
Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants connects immigrants to jobs in BC. Career Paths offers support specific to your occupation, including related language training. The goal is to help new immigrants find skilled employment that uses the education and experience they bring to Canada.
The BC Refugee Hub provides users information about refugees that are arriving to British Columbia, the latest reports and publications, statistics and factsheets, and a resource centre with a variety of information to support refugee settlement in BC.
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 is also available in Chinese, Farsi, French, and Punjabi.
Supporting newcomer youth. Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 e-mental health support to all young people across Canada, including newcomers. All the services are free and confidential. You can connect with Kids Help via text, Facebook messenger, phone and live chat here.
The Kids Help Phone website also offers tips, tools and stories for newcomers.
Healthy eating is more than just the foods you eat. Canada’s Food Guide provides Canadians with easy access to information about healthy eating. The food guide snapshot is available in 17 languages: Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.