This section is for families who are new to Canada. We welcome your suggestions and input so that we can keep this section current and relevant.

Agencies that can provide services:

Immigrant Service Society of BC

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) as incorporated in 1972 as the first immigrant-serving agency in the Province. Since that time, ISSofBC has grown to be the largest multicultural, immigrant serving agency in Western Canada. The society provides a variety of services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities, and works with over 23,000 clients per year. ISSofBC has a volunteer Board of Directors, a paid staff of over 324 and over 800 active volunteers.

Newcomers’ Centre

This pilot project is an early childhood focused settlement service for refugee families in Burnaby. The project is based on the belief that the healthy growth and development of young refugee children occurs within the context of healthy families and requires the support of the whole community. The ultimate goal of the project is to integrate refugee children and their families into mainstream programs and services. There are nine service-activities in the Centre; The Welcoming Room, The Newcomers’ Group, Early Learning Program for the Newcomers’ Group, Adapted Preschool, Afternoon Activity – Information Sessions for Parents, Teaching Kitchen, Outreach Service Coordination – Community Bridging Support, Volunteer Program, and Community ECD/Settlement Training.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in BC. 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 Bridge, Harvest Diversity and Foster Integration. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. provides services in settlement, English as a second language training, employment, family and youth counseling, business and economic development, health care, social housing and community and volunteer development. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has two social enterprises offering vocational training and self-employment services for people with disabilities.

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Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society

VLMFSS is a safe and non-judgemental environment for women and their children in their own language and culture. Individual counselling is provided at the office, out of the office and over the phone. We also provide group counselling and support and counselling to women victims of sexual assault and to adult survivors of sexual abuse, emergency interventions and referrals to appropriate resources. Our approach is to empower women in dealing with their issues, help them to develop coping skills, assist them in self-exploration, and to support them while they go through the different stages of rebuilding their lives at their own pace, in a culturally sensitive environment. We promote awareness and understanding of the dynamics of family violenceare nine service-activities in the Centre; The Welcoming Room, The Newcomers’ Group, Early Learning Program for the Newcomers’ Group, Adapted Preschool, Afternoon Activity – Information Sessions for Parents, Teaching Kitchen, Outreach Service Coordination – Community Bridging Support, Volunteer Program, and Community ECD/Settlement Training.

We promote awareness and understanding of the dynamics of family violence within the multicultural perspectives to professionals working with immigrant families. We offer educational programs within the multicultural communities about the dynamics of family violence and alternative models of treatment.

Child Care – Important Tips, Information and Resources

Child Care Brochure FINAL 2016