“Welcome to Canada.”

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:

Chinese Christian Mission
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.
MOSAIC BC
MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
Multicultural Family Support Services Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to immigrant visible minority and refugee women and their families who are experiencing family violence. We are located in Burnaby but we serve clients in the entire Lower Mainland.
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
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.
MOSAIC BC
MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
Multicultural Family Support Services Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to immigrant visible minority and refugee women and their families who are experiencing family violence. We are located in Burnaby but we serve clients in the entire Lower Mainland.
Immigrant Services 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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