What You Will Do

  • explore and learn more about your local community by participating in events and activities
  • visit local community resources to learn more about Canadian culture, history and government systems
  • meet other newcomers
  • participate in Conversation Circles to practice English in a safe environment
  • connect with an ISSofBC volunteer to learn about Canadian culture, practice English and develop new friendships in a social setting
  • volunteer in your community to gain Canadian experience
  • build confidence and a sense of belonging in Canada

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.” – Lynn Liu–Tri-Cities

You can join if you are:
  • Permanent resident
  • Protected Person as defined in S. 95 of IRPA
  • Individuals who have been selected to become permanent residents, and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC
  • Live-in Caregiver or Temporary Foreign Worker
  • Provincial nominees who are still awaiting a letter of approval for permanent residency from IRCC
  • Naturalized Canadian citizen
  • Priority given to newcomers who have been in Canada five (5) years or less.
Locations Available

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