Priority given to newcomers who have been in Canada five (5) years or less.

  • Permanent resident

  • Individuals who have been selected to become permanent residents, and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC

  • Provincial nominees who are still awaiting a letter of approval for permanent residency from IRCC

  • Protected Person as defined in S. 95 of IRPA

  • Live-in Caregiver or Temporary Foreign Worker

  • Naturalized Canadian citizen

“At ISSofBC I have found a sense of belonging. Not only has it been a means for me to gain experience in a field I want to continue in, but I have made friends in the process. It has truly enriched my experience as an immigrant and I expect it to be foundational to my future in Canada.”

What You Will Do

  • Explore and learn more about your local community by participating in events and activities.

  • Participate in Conversation Circles to practice English in a safe environment.

  • Visit local community resources to learn more about Canadian culture, history and government systems.

  • Connect with one of our volunteers to learn about Canadian culture, practice English and develop new friendships in a social. setting

  • Build confidence and a sense of belonging in Canada

  • Meet other newcomers.

  • Volunteer in your community to gain Canadian experience.
Success Story

Volunteer mentor learns listening is what counts

Omar Illsley’s understanding of his role as a volunteer settlement mentor was tested during his seven-year mentoring relationship.


  • Field Trips

  • English Conversation Circles

  • Connect With a Settlement Mentor

  • Bike Mentoring (April – September)

  • Volunteer Opportunities
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