What we offer

  • Meet other older adults (55+) to make new friends and build networks
  • Learn about your community
  • Participate in meaningful social activities
  • Improve your digital literacy skills (how to access programs online)
  • Share your skills and abilities with peers (Senior Navigators)
  • Help reduce social isolation of other immigrant adults and seniors
  • Gain satisfaction in contributing to the wellbeing of older adults/seniors

“Feel empowered by gaining skills necessary to use online platforms to participate in virtual workshops, conversation circles, and field trips.”

You can join if you are
  • 55 years old and up
  • 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

Activities

Peer Support Groups

  • Weekly peer support groups offered in English and select first languages
  • Guest speakers based on interests and needs of the group
  • Drop-in sessions to allow seniors to ask questions and practice newly acquired technology skills
  • Training on digital access for mobile phones or tablets
  • Supporting settlement challenges
  • Learning more about Canadian culture
  • Connections to resources in the community
  • Sharing experiences and discussing common concerns

Peer Group Facilitation Training

  • Facilitation training sessions for Senior Navigators as well as orientation to settlement services and seniors’ services in the community
  • Training on digital access for mobile phones
  • Graduates of the training go on to facilitate a 10 week peer support group with the assistance of ISSofBC staff
  • Gaining valuable volunteer/work experience

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help foster social inclusion and improve seniors’ health and well-being. 

For more information

Burnaby /Vancouver
Call: 604-395-8000
Email: seniors.burnaby@issbc.org

Tri-Cities/Surrey
Call: 604-351-4519
Email:  newhorizons@issbc.org