Burnaby Agencies for Everyone

BC Association for Community Education

Committed to building community and school partnerships, integrating services, and promoting life-long learning to benefit children, families and communities. ACEbc believes it takes a whole community to raise a healthy child.  Healthy children and healthy families in turn build healthy communities.

BC Centre for Ability

The Association serves over 3000 children, youth and adults throughout BC with special needs and disabilities. Our purpose is to nurture the people and the families we work with so that they can grow in their abilities and thrive in the community. Our variety of services include assessment, therapy, social work, equipment lending, counselling, funding for vocational training, community living support and more.

Burnaby Pacific Grace Church

Burnaby Pacific Grace’s Children Ministry provides a variety of programs and services that encourage parent-child bonding and supports children’s mental, spiritual, and physical growth through sharing the teachings of Christ. Children are led by teachers to sing songs, play games, listen to stories, and participate in teamwork activities.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is a registered charity and community-based organization that has been operating in the Lower Mainland since 1957. We offer friendship-based mentoring programs for boys and girls and provide volunteer opportunities for men and women. Traditionally, we have matched boys who have limited to no contact with their fathers with carefully screened and trained adult male volunteers. Times have changed, as have our volunteers and the needs of our community. In response, we have developed a menu of programs to suit the diversity of our communities and the busy schedules of our volunteers.

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Our 12 neighbourhood Clubs give our kids a place to be amazing, safe, and have fun! We also provide substance-abuse services and support to some of the most vulnerable youth in our community. We offer counselling and employment services for youth and families. We offer programs for families with new babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and parents of teens. And we offer a summer wilderness camping adventure, Camp Potlatch, which is second to none.

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

BACI offers services and supports for infants, children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families in Metro Vancouver. Find out how to access those services and begin your path to building a better life for yourself or your loved one.

Burnaby Community Connections

Founded in 1971, Burnaby Community Services is a charitable society providing people in need with a voice, resources and opportunities. We believe change can only happened when people are empowered to improve their lives and their community. Currently, we offer a range of programs and publications to support families with low income and seniors experiencing isolation.  Available programs include the Burnaby Camping and Christmas Bureaux, and Recreation Credit. Publications include the Community Resource Guide for Burnaby and New Westminster, and Ready Set, Learn for children from birth to 12 years old.

Burnaby Family Life

The Burnaby Family Life (BFL) is an accredited, multi-service agency that provides a wide range of services to the whole community of Burnaby, in all its diversity.  BFL is a non profit, non partisan society governed by a Board of Directors, incorporated February 1971.  Our organization strives to support the successful settlement and integration of immigrants into Canadian society, to provide learning opportunities, emotional and practical supports, childcare and counselling services and to strengthen our community by empowering individuals and their families.  Our programs specialize in serving the vulnerable population.

Burnaby MLAs

Deer Lake – Anne Kang
Edmonds – Raj Chouhan
North – Janet Rutledge

Burnaby Literacy Now

Literacy Now Burnaby is part of a province-wide network of 102 task groups with Literacy Outreach Coordinators serving 400 BC communities. Literacy Now Burnaby is committed to building and enhancing literacy services, programs and networks in line with recommendations in the Burnaby Literacy Plan. Key activities are collaboration with community agencies and service providers to increase public awareness and to provide literacy planning and implementation.

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Burnaby Neighbourhood House provides a free family drop in for parents/caregivers and children 0-5.  The drop in includes free play time, a healthy snack and circle time.  Parents/caregivers can access information about early childhood development or attend parent information sessions.  Three locations.  Call Maheen at 604-431-0400 for more information.

Burnaby Pacific Grace Church

We welcome and support families and children. Mother Goose program is the activity we run in spring and autumn to encourage and help parents to develop strong and healthy bonding with their young children.  Focus on character development and team building, Awana is a Saturday night program for children from age 3 to 11.  It is a full 2 hour program with activities.  We provide a safe and fun environment for children to learn and grow healthy self in body, mind and soul. During summer, day camps are the highlight for all of our volunteers and children.

Burnaby Public Library

Nearly 6,000 people visit Burnaby Public Library every day. With four branches conveniently located throughout the city, Burnaby Public Library provides access to a rich array of the world’s stories, ideas and information. Our vision is a vibrant community where all people are informed, literate and entertained. BPL offers outstanding collections, programs and services for children from birth through Grade 7. Come and Explore!

Burnaby School District #41

Early Learning programs and supports are offered in terms of Strong Starts, Early Learning Resources in the 4 Burnaby quadrants and Community Resources.

Cameray Child and Family Services

The Parent Support Program at Cameray Child and Family Services offers individual parenting support sessions for expecting parents and parents with children 0-5 years.  We also offer educational and interactive parenting groups Monday – Friday year-round.  Group topics include: Mother Goose, Nobody’s Perfect, Positive Discipline, Anger in Families, Songs and Stories, Attachment Parenting, and more!

Canadian Red Cross
Chinese Christian Mission
City of Burnaby – Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Nothing’s more natural to children than being active, playing games, keeping fit and, above all, having oodles upon oodles of fun!  We have plenty of programs for your youngster to be involved, to meet new friends, and most of all to be active! We offer registered and drop in programs; seasonal and long term, everything from music, gymnastics, swimming, special events, dance, sports, outdoor recreation and more. Check out our services on our website or drop into a recreation facility today for more information.

City of Burnaby – Social Planning

Social Planning has helped shape Burnaby’s community fabric since the late 1970s. Through research, advocacy, analysis, policy development and facilitation, Burnaby Social Planning works to improve the social well-being and social development of the community and all Burnaby citizens.

As outlined in Burnaby’s Official Community Plan the goal of social planning in Burnaby is: To facilitate the development and ongoing sustainability of a community which enhances the physical, social, psychological and cultural well-being of Burnaby residents.

Community Living BC (CLBC)

Community Living BC (CLBC), a provincial crown agency mandated under the Community Living Authority Act, delivers supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia. CLBC is working to create communities where people with developmental disabilities have more choices about how they live, work and contribute.

Deaf Children’s Society of BC

Are you… Seeking the best opportunities for your deaf or hard of hearing child? Looking for support, resources, and people who really understand what you want? Gathering information and answers to your questions? With 30 years of experience in supporting deaf children and their families, DCS is the place for you.

Dixon Transition Society

Serving the community since 1973, Dixon Transition Society serves women and children survivors of domestic violence by providing a safe haven through our Transition House, Second Stage and Third Stage housing programs. Further support, including Family and Stopping the Violence Counselling as well as Housing Outreach, complete our continuum of services to empower families and provide them with the opportunity to lead safe, healthy and positive lives.

Down Syndrome Research Foundation

The mission of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation is to empower individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by pioneering and providing educational programs and services, grounded in foundational research. Working with researchers, professionals and families, we are a bridge between research and practice.

East Burnaby Family Place

East Burnaby Family Place is a community neighbourhood facility that provides a free service for parents, caregivers and children aged newborn to school-aged. Parents and caregivers can meet others in a supportive and friendly environment to share experiences, information and ideas.

We provide a resource library, toy lending library, volunteer opportunities, a fully qualified E.C.E. teacher, referrals to outreach programs, clothing exchange, parenting programs, hot lunch days and an informative monthly newsletter.

Children can learn invaluable social skills and share with peers in our playroom equipped with creative and educational toys, puzzles, paint and craft materials. We encourage free play and have structured activities such as craft time, circle and story time and outdoor play.

Elizabeth Fry Society

EFry operates over two dozen programs addressing the needs of women, youth and their families across the spectrum of justice system involvement – from those at risk to those making the transition back to independent living.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

At some point in life, everyone gets stuck. Since 1928, people experiencing challenges have been turning to Family Services of Greater Vancouver—a community-based not-for-profit organization providing crucial social services to children, youth, adults, and families across Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. We offer support, provide hope, and present opportunities—helping people realize and create possibilities for themselves. All of our work is about building healthy, vibrant tomorrows.

Fraser Health

Provides support to children and their families or guardians through promotion, prevention, and early intervention approaches. Offers services for vision, dental and developmental screening as well as immunization review effective January 2009. Contact the local health unit for more details. Fraser Health also offers the Best Beginnings program, where you can find practical information and reliable resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers up to 2 years of age. Learn steps to have a healthy pregnancy, give your baby a good start, and support a healthy future.

Health Canada

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Starting a new life in another country can be very hard, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the culture, language and laws. If you’re new to Canada, ISSofBC can help.

Since 1972, we’ve been providing a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada. Through our dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners, we provide settlement, education and employment services for over 23,000 clients every year.

ISSofBC is the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, plus support services in over 45 languages. Our programs and services are available throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the Okanagan.

Infant Development Program of BC (Developmental Disabilities Association)

If you are concerned about your child’s development, the Infant Development Program (IDP) can help. Our IDP program promotes maximum development through expert interventions, consultations and education. The Infant Development Program is a family-centered, home-based program and serves children from birth to three years, who are at risk for, or who already have a delay in development.

Information Children

Information Children is a non-profit organization and a registered charity, founded in 1979. We provide information, support and referrals to parents and others on most any matters related to the care and well-being of children and families.

The Lower Mainland Purpose Society

The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families is a non-profit society.  With over 100 employees, we provide a variety of social, health and educational programs together with a continuum of services to Lower Mainland communities.

Ministry for Children and Family Development

The ministry recognizes that young children’s early experiences and environment lay the foundation of future health, success and well-being. The early years, a period of rapid growth and development from conception until age six, are critical for a child’s physical, social/emotional and cognitive development. To support parents and caregivers of young children, Early Childhood Development (ECD) provides a range of programs and services designed to ensure children get the best possible start in life. 

REACH Community Health Centre
St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services Society

St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services has been providing innovative social services for children, youth and families throughout the Lower Mainland since 1967. St. Leonard’s offers a range of services and programs to strengthen children, youth and families; supporting them through the changes that will lead to a more stable and positive future. We provide counselling, assessment, mediation, life-skills training and parent and teen support groups. We also offer a number of residential programs, as well as services to foster parents.

St. Matthews Day Care Society

At St. Matthews Day Care Society, we provide a variety of programs for children aged 4 months to 12 years.

These programs include:

  • Daycare – full time program for children 4 months to 5 years (pre-kindergarten)
  • Preschool – 2 hour program for 3 & 4 year olds
  • Out of School Care – a before and after school program for those attending Edmonds Community School in Kindergarten through Grade 7.  This program is offered full time on school breaks and during the summer.  Our summer program is open to all school aged children regardless of the school they attend during the school year.
Simon Fraser University Child Care Society

SFU Childcare Society values children as the heart of our respectful, collaborative and reflective community by providing them with a place to develop their potential through freedom to explore and engage the world around them. We provide the highest quality childcare to the families of SFU, its alumni and families from the broader community. We offer care for children aged 3 months to 12 years. The spaces available for non-school age children are full and part-time, with both after school and summer programs provided for school age children.

Spirit of the Children – Aboriginal Early Childhood Development

Spirit of the Children Society (SOTCS) is an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities area (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody).We work to empower and strengthen Aboriginal families by providing support and resources through the programs we offer. Follow the link above for early childhood programs, services and supports.


Established in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, Canada. With the vision to create “A World of Multicultural Harmony”, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is well supported by its mission to Build Bridges, Harvest Diversity and Foster Integration.

United Way of the Lower Mainland

United Way has worked to prevent social problems like child poverty, bullying and senior isolation in the Lower Mainland for over 80 years. Working with over 150 community partners, we fund about 450 programs each year to create a better future for children and seniors.

United Way of the Lower Mainland – Success by 6

United Way of the Lower Mainland is committed to helping children 0 to 6 by significantly increasing the number of school-ready children in Metro Vancouver.n 2010/11, United Way funded over 100 organizations that used the funds to deliver over 200 early childhood programs benefiting nearly 36,000 children, over 35,000 caregivers, and 26,000 families. In 2010/11, United Way invested $6.1 million in a number of strategies to support young children and their families. Throughout the year, we worked with many others to address issues, take action, and ensure positive results.

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

The goal of the Society is to provide culturally sensitive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are facing family violence. We also provide groups for children (2 -5 years old) and their caregivers. The groups mainly focus on helping children to increase interest in developmentally appropriate activities, increasing social contacts and enhancing communication skills.

YMCA Child Care Resource and Referral

Sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) is a community-based program serving Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. We support parents and child care providers through our resources, referrals and training, all geared to building better child care, positive child development, healthy families and strong communities.

Aboriginal Agencies in Burnaby

This section is for Aboriginal families. We welcome your suggestions and input so that we can keep this section current and relevant.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Their AIDP offers a variety of supports for Aboriginal parents and their child who are at risk of, or who may be experiencing developmental delays. They work in partnership with community partners such as: Public Health Nurses, Doctors, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Specialists. Referral services are provided when needed.

The Lower Mainland Purpose Society

The Purpose Society is committed to working with you and your family to meet your goals. The Purpose Society was established in 1983 and has provided social services to thousands of children, youth and families. Currently, they provide the following services or programs: Edmonds Youth Resource Center,  Family Futures, Food Bags, Showers, and Laundry, HIV/AIDS Educational, Support Services and Resource Library,  Kitchener Out of School Care, Madison Daycare, Pregnancy Support,  Ready Set Grow Daycare for Young Parents,  Rosser Daycare,  Young Adult Learning Centre,  Youth and Family Caseworkers, Youth Source and free Youth Medical Clinic, Yukon Crescent Daycare 

St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services Society

St. Leonard’s Youth and Family Services has been providing innovative social services for children, youth and families throughout the Lower Mainland since 1967.  St. Leonard’s offers a range of services and programs to strengthen children, youth and families; supporting them through the changes that will lead to a more stable and positive future. We provide counseling, assessment, mediation, life-skills training and parent and teen support groups. We also offer a number of residential programs, as well as services to foster parents.  St. Leonard’s mission is to provide flexible and innovative high quality child and family services, to promote the development of skills and values that embrace the ideals of a healthy community, and to be the most responsive and continually improving agency in our field.

Spirit of the Children Society

Spirit of the Children Society (SOTCS) is an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster, and the Tri-Cities area.The Tri-Cities area are Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, B.C. Their goal is to empower and strengthen Aboriginal families in the communities we serve. They are here to support Aboriginal families by providing information and resources. They also hold various programs to bring an Aboriginal community all together and enhance unity and its spirit. They bring Aboriginal people together to make change happen.

Children with Special Needs

This section is for families who have children with special needs. We welcome your suggestions and input so that we can keep this section current and relevant.

Agencies that can provide services: