Recent Immigrants

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  • Local
    English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program

    The English as a Second Langauge Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP) is a one-to-one tutoring program. We are partnered with Okanagan College and work with other community groups to provide support, advocacy, and one-to-one tutoring and classes for immigrants who are adapting to life in Canada.

    Information rack cards in Simplified Chinese and Korean

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    Revelstoke Multicultural Society

    An organization of volunteers that fosters cultural awareness, appreciation and inclusiveness in Revelstoke by celebrating the community’s multicultural heritage and diversity, creating opportunities to learn about and appreciate cultures here and afar, and promoting and supporting related community planning and services. People of all ethnicities and cultures are welcomed.


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    Revelstoke Settlement Services

    A service to support newcomers to Canada living in Revelstoke. Provided through Okanagan College & funded by WelcomeBC. This free service will work with you to identify your settlement needs and help with your successful integration into the community.  250-837-4235 ext. 6502


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    Ēcole des Glaciers, School District 93

    French School (Elementary), located at 1950 Park Drive

    Eligibility and Registration:

    250 200 1100
    Principal: Chantale Desmarais


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  • Regional
    Central Okanagan Immigrant Employment Service

    The staff at COIES focuses on providing services to assist our clients to successfully find work. These services include effective use of job search tools such as resumes and cover letters, job search and interview preparation workshops, and on-going employment counselling and support including foreign credential assessment assistance

    250) 762-4134

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    Immigrant Services Society

    Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society (VDISS) is a non-profit society, assisting Immigrants, Newcomers, Refugees, Visible Minorities and First Generation Canadians and their families with their settlement and integration into Canadian society. We offer services in English, Français, Español, Deutsch, Bisaya, Tagalog and Chinese.

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    Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan

    Our mandate is to ensure access to language training, settlement and any other training or services to assist immigrants to participate fully in Canadian society.

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    Kelowna Community Resources - Settlement and Integration Services

    Settlement and Integration assists new immigrants to Canada to identify and assess their needs and barriers, and provides  newcomers with information, options, and referrals to relevant services and resources within the community.

    (250) 763-8008

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  • Provincial
    BC Newcomers Guide (2009 Edition)

    The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide has information that will help newcomers settle in B.C. in their first few months after arrival. Inside you will find information about topics such as housing, banking, health care, education, cars and driving, employment and business, the legal system, government and citizenship, and much more. This resource was designed to support the settlement process for newcomers who have already arrived in British Columbia. At this time we are unable to accommodate requests for distribution outside of the province.

    English, French, Arabic, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

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    BC Seniors' Guide

    Contains information on the programs and benefits available to seniors in British Columbia.


    Downloadable PDF in English, Chinese, Punjabi and French

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    British Columbia Services Society

    Operating information and referral services in Greater Vancouver and British Columbia by providing information on, and referring persons to government, private or community services and resources.

    Phone translations

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    Canada's food guide

    Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide has been translated into 10 different languages in addition to English and French! Learning more about Canada's Food Guide will help you and your family know how much food you need, what types of foods are better for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day.

    14 Languages

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    Health Link BC

    Health Link BChelps you learn about health topics, check your symptoms and find the health services and resources that you need for healthy living. Call 8-1-1 to consult with a nurse, pharmacist or dietitian or visit for easy access to help you find the health services you need, closest to where you live.

    Dial 8-1-1 or (604) 215-8110

    130 Languages interpreted by phone. Online translated materials and books in French, Chinese, Punjabi and Farsi.

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    Provincial Language Services

    The Provincial Language Service (PLS), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), strengthens organizations to provide services to the linguistically and culturally diverse public. Offers translation, interpreting, training and consulting services across BC. Cost recovery.

    (604) 675-4099 or 1-877-BC TALKS (228-2557)

    Provides interpreting and translation services in over 150 languages for a fee..

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    Richmond Public Library

    Citizenship online resources

    English and French Citizenship practice test

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    A 24 Hour Information Hotline Service. The Hotline will be a library of pre-recorded messages that will provide practical settlement-related information for new Canadians in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Korean.

    General inquiries: 604-684-1628
    Multilingual Info: 604.687.6300

    Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Korean

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    Society of Translators and Interpretors of BC

    The goals of the S.T.I.B.C. are to promote the interests of translators and interpreters in British Columbia and to serve the public by providing both a Code of Ethics that members of the S.T.I.B.C. agree to observe and a system of certification for translators and interpreters. Our Certified professionals benefit from occupational title protection in British Columbia.

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    Surrey Public Library



    "A Look at Canada" with Questions and Answers translated to Fars, Punjabi, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi and Vietnamese. "Discover Canada" in French and English

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    Tenant Survival Guide

    The Tenant Survival Guide is intended to give tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia.

    Info Line: 1.800.665.1185

    19 Languages (some important publications are translated: " Five ways to protect yourself"; "Tenant Info Phamplet"; "What Everyone Needs to Know, Resident Tenancy Fact Sheet" Phone service is English only, Website is English

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    The Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service

    Worried about drug and alcohol use? Whether it's for yourself or someone you care about, you can call us for information, options and support.


    Phone translations (have multilingual staff and use 'CanTalk' for a three way phone conversation

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    The Problem Gambling Help Line

    The Problem Gambling Help Line provides free confidential help from trained professionals who won't judge you, who understand, and who can help you work out ways to reduce the problems associated with gambling. Services are available across BC.


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    The Shelter and Street Help Line

    The Shelter and Street Help Line calls Lower Mainland shelters twice per day, and publishes the Shelter List, which details available shelter beds and mats for women, men, youth and families. The Shelter List covers Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, North and West Vancouver, New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Tri-Cities, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission,and Hope.

    Phone translations

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    Victim Link

    The VictimLINK Line provides immediate crisis support for victims of family and sexual violence, and help for all other victims of crime. Trained Victim Service Workers provide support, information and referral to a range of programs and services across BC and the Yukon.

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    Welcome BC is a no-nonsense, one-stop website for newcomers, the agencies that serve them, and the communities they select as home. If you haven't arrived here yet, or are looking for ways to join us, this website can help you too. Anyone thinking of living, working, studying or investing in B.C. can find what they need from this reliable government website.

    1 800 663-7867

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    Youth Against Violince

    The Youth Against Violence Line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people across BC to report crime or violent incidents, or to talk through any type of problem with a supportive person. We can help with things like:


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  • Federal
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada

    The screens and approves for admission, immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who help Canada’s social and economic growth.

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    Government of Canada - Immingration Portal

    Immigration Portal and Welcome to Canada Website Language Assessment options

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    Institute for Canadian Citizens

    A national, non-profit organization that has a variety of programs to ensure new citizens are welcomed and included as equals, and to create meaningful connections among all Canadian citizens.

    - The Cultural Access Pass provides complimentary admission to nearly 1000 of Canada's cultural treasures from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

    English and French

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    Service Canada

    Multi-language Government of Canada information. This information is also provided in English.

    English. Arabic – Gujarati – Korean – Persian – Punjabi – Russian – Simplified Chinese – Spanish – Tagalog – Tamil – Traditional Chinese

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