50th Anniversary Stories

We invite you to read stories from our community partners, friends, colleagues, past and current clients, and funders.

Thank you

I moved to Canada about 3 years ago and I was worried about how my life was going to be like. Honestly I can’t thank you all enough for making my transition to Canada so smooth. People like you all make the world a better place each day. Thank you for your help in settling […]

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Thank you to ISSofBC

I moved to Canada in 2019 and I was enrolled with ISSofBC in 2020. ISSoBC gave me motivation and guidance to begin my journey in Canada. I completed 3 law exams with financial help of ISSofBC and appearing in remaining this year. I really appreciate efforts of this agency.

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Ready to live

Greetings Happy 50th Anniversary I had a great chance to join ISSofBC 4years ago, I got lots of information that I needed as a newcomer. While I was studying at ISSofBC, one of my teachers guided me to join Toastmaster group, which helped me to improve my skills. I got confidence by passing ISS course […]

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Why I became a volunteer

In 1999 my son immigrated to Canada as a skilled worker and few years later he sponsored me as his father and I became a permanent resident of Canada in 2006. After I retired in my home country I came back to Vancouver in 2011 and I became a citizen in 2015. After finishing many […]

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Help Us Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary

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ISSofBC is celebrating our 50th year of serving newcomers this year - 1972-2022. We would love to hear from you (community partners, friends, colleagues, past and current clients, funders) and invite you to send along a video clip or written message to help us celebrate our milestone while recognizing the tremendous contributions newcomers have and continue to make to Canada and BC.

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Programs & Services

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, we can help. ISSofBC provides free immigrant services including settlement support, employment programs, English classes, and more.

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Latest News

Government Assisted Refugee Bulletin 1st quarter Jan 01, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022

Download our Government Assisted Refugee Bulletin – bit.ly/issbcgarb Statistical Highlights 1st quarter Jan 01 – Mar 31, 2022

Newcomer Bike Mentorship Program

“ISSofBC will use this funding for the ‘Newcomer Bike Mentorship Program,’ which supports newcomers in making cycling a regular form...

The Catherine Ludgate Vancity Banking Centre

Catherine Ludgate and Chris Friesen, COO of the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) were the two driving forces behind...

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Single-minded focus and hard work lead to desired job in just one year

English was not the only barrier that Shadi faced when she began her job search. But this mining engineer made full use of the career advice she received at ISSofBC and the services available to her. A year after arriving here, she was working in a comparable capacity at a BC Cleantech company.

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ISSofBC Welcome Centres

Newcomers have streamlined access to care through services provided by ISSofBC and co-located partners in these fully-integrated service facilities.


ISSofBC Welcome Centre is a one-stop support centre offering essential newcomer services including temporary housing and multilingual wellness support.
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ISSofBC Welcome Centre-Surrey brings together under one roof, services meeting the immediate needs of newcomer immigrants and refugees in a community it has served for many years.
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About Us

Through our dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners, we provide a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada.

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