Settlement in British Columbia


Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC
– AMSSA’s programs and services provide professional, accurate, and detailed information and support on issues involving multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights to members, businesses and government.

Welcome BC- Immigrant Settlement Agencies – List of Immigrant Settlement Service agencies sorted by location. 

BC 211 – BC211 is committed to enabling British Columbians to access and use community resources through quality information and referral services.

SOS Canada 2000 – A broad and vast resource offering basic information about everything Canadian. Sections on immigration, employment, education, and links of government services.

Government Services

Welcome BC – Live in British Columbia – BC’s main immigration website, outlines a variety of government services and resources.

Vivre en Colombie – Immigration and Settlement Information in French

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Information for immigrants, refugees and visitors to Canada. Includes employment authorization, immigration applications, sponsorship and services available to newcomers.

Service Canada: Services for Newcomers to Canada – Information about Government services for newcomers to Canada from acquiring personal documents to employment and raising a family.

The BC Provincial Nominee Program – This program is designed to support BC’s economic growth by attracting work-ready immigrants to the province. Successful applicants will receive a certificate that will speed-up the Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa application process.

Health Care



British Columbia Ministry of Health Services – BC governmental site explaining how to obtain provincial health insurance and services.


BC Housing – BC Housing is the provincial crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those in greatest need.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Canada’s national housing agency. Information on buying a home, renting a home, mortgages, maintaining a home, safety in the home, renovations, and more.

CMHC Housing for Newcomers – Information specifically for newcomers from Canada’s national housing agency in eight different languages. Learn about renting, owning, and maintaining a home in Canada. – Apartment Guide .ca is dedicated to helping you with apartment rental in the greater Vancouver BC area. 

Craigslist – Housing rental search for various BC cities.

Canadian Real Estate Association’s Multiple Listing Service – Property information from realtors across Canada.


Immigrant Legal – BC’s Immigrant Legal Toolkit – Free legal information, education and resources for newcomers to Canada and the people working with them. 

Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center – Immigration law site features information on Canadian immigration and Canada employment placement services and visas.

Canadian Human Rights Commission – Promotes knowledge of human rights in Canada, and to encourage people to follow principles of equality. To help reduce barriers to equality in employment and access to services.

Canadian Law Information – provides Canadian law information in plain, straightforward English.


Service Canada: Driver’s Licence – Links to each province’s driver’s licence information page.

Public Transit in British Columbia (from World Web) – Links to BC cities’ public transit websites.


Tourism BC–Culture and History – Learn about British Columbia’s history and culture.

Government of Canada: Arts, Culture and Heritage – Learn about the vibrant people and cultural industries that contribute to the creation of a Canadian cultural identity.

Culture Crossing: Guide to Canada – Learn about Canadian social etiquette and culture.