The ISSofBC Welcome Centre – Surrey builds on the successful integrated service delivery model of the ISSofBC Welcome Centre in Vancouver where newcomers have streamlined access to services delivered by ISSofBC and co-located community partners.

The centre, located at #301-10334 152A Street (behind Guildford Place), is now providing settlement, employment and entrepreneurship services, for interested and eligible clients in Surrey, a community ISSofBC has served for many years.

Inside the Centre

Settlement Services
Newcomers receive information on key settlement-related topics, referrals to other services and interesting learning activities; and build personal connections and gain access to volunteer opportunities.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants
This program bridges skilled immigrant professionals – particularly those in the fields of Engineering/Construction and Information Technology – with jobs that make use of their pre-arrival training and experience.

Blaze – Self Employment for Newcomer Youth  
A cohort-based entrepreneurial program for newcomer immigrant and refugee youth in Metro Vancouver. With two streams of services, the program supports both aspiring entrepreneurs interested in business start-up, as well as existing youth entrepreneurs interested in business growth. Participants receive entrepreneurial skills training, and gain business experience and connections through resource teams and peer-to-peer support.

Career Compass for Immigrants
A skills training and employment program that provides newcomers with occupational, digital and soft skills along with short-term certification. Participants receive job search assistance, placement, and work experience to support employment and job maintenance. Services are delivered one-on-one and in peer groups, in English, Arabic and French.

Youth in Tech
Newcomer youth interested in future careers in the tech industry have the opportunity to build digital skills in web development, digital marketing/design or information and communications technology along with paid work experience in the sector.

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)
Parents of pre-school children receive in-home support and training and develop skills to teach their children at home. Opportunities to learn English and meet new people are also offered.

SOS (Settlement Orientation Services)
SOS provides refugee claimants with multilingual pre-settlement and health promotion supports including orientation on the asylum application process.

VAST (Vancouver Association for Survivours of Torture)
VAST assists refugees and other newcomers who have endured torture, trauma and political violence through counselling, documentation, education, and referrals.

La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique
The BCFF represents 37 member associations offering a variety of resources touching on every aspect of francophone day-to-day life and answering the needs of newcomer French speakers who call British Columbia home.

Vancity provides a broad range of onsite services for newcomers including bank account starts and financial literacy workshops.

Surrey Urgent And Primary Care Centre
The centre offers primary health care for refugees, immigrants and local residents.

Individuals interested to learn more about the new facility can contact or call 604-683-1684