Learn more about Vancouver’s health services, legal support, public schools, transit, and libraries.

BC Medical Services Plan

The Government of British Columbia gives medical care through a health insurance plan called the Medical Services Plan (MSP). MSP pays for most health costs—for example, doctors, most medical tests, and treatments. Apply for MSP here:

WelcomeBC lists the requirement for obtaining the MSP as well as where to find a doctor and other medical services.

Mental Health Services

The Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC) provides a variety of information in several languages to the public (immigrants, refugees, members of ethnic minority communities) on mental health, service use, cultural interpretation, and more.

Policing Services

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada’s national police service, and in BC also acts as the police force of jurisdiction for many towns and cities. The RCMP is committed to cultural sensitivity, and unbiased and respectful treatment of all people. Read more information about role of the RCMP and when and how to contact police.

The RCMP in Canada: A Newcomer’s Guide – booklet

The RCMP in Canada: A Newcomer’s Guide – handout

Legal Services

The Justice Education Society has produced facts sheets, videos, and more for new immigrants that provides basic information on a range of legal services available in BC. Information is available in multiple languages.

Public School System

Find information on the schools in your area:

Public Transportation

TransLink will provide you with information about the transports systems schedules, routes and
fees for the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

The TransLink booklet and DVD video, Access Transit – Getting Around Metro Vancouver is available for loan at libraries throughout Metro Vancouver. The booklet contains helpful information on how to best navigate our transit system. The DVD is available in both Closed Caption and Audio Descriptive formats.


Find the closest library near you. Services are available in other languages.

(Audio books and eBooks available free of charge)

A site where one can register and download the software to obtain free audio books

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