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Explore Your Topic: Newcomer Resources

Our librarians have handpicked the most helpful resources on this topic from the Library collection and online.

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Discover self-paced courses in over 70+ languages with native speakers. Dive into vocab, cultural insights, grammar, and memory-building exercises.

On The Web

Canadian Universities & Colleges

The go-to student portal for international students interested in studying in Canada. Learn about life in Canada, job opportunites and which universities and colleges offer programs of interest.

English Language Learning

Impact North Shore offers a variety of English Language Learning services, including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, conversation circles, workplace language classes, and CELPIP testing. Specialized services offer opportunities for families, seniors, job seekers, and entrepreneurs to learn English specific to their needs.

Government of Canada Citizenship and Immigration

How you can immigrate to Canada, how to protect yourself from fraud and what to expect after you arrive in Canada.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.

Impact North Shore

Focusing on settlement and integration for new immigrants, Impact North Shore offers events, workshops, volunteer opportunities, employment and youth services, translation services, an English-learning centre, and a useful list of outside resources (including multilingual legal publications).

International Credential Evaluation Network

ICES evaluates formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other provinces or countries and determines comparable levels in British Columbian and Canadian terms.

Language Portal of Canada

Resources and tools for learning English and French. Includes TERMIUM Plus®, a terminology and linguistic data bank, as well as writing tools that deal with grammar, punctuation, typography, translation and vocabulary, quizzes, articles and headlines, and linkes to other language resources.

Legal Services Society

MULTILINGUAL PUBLICATIONS The Legal Services Soceity translates many of its publications into languages other than English. Find multilingual publications on topics such as: legal aid,
your legal rights, and family law issues.

Medical Services Plan

Information and enrolment forms for Medical Services Plan of BC and PharmaCare. B.C's publicly-funded health care system ensures that all eligible residents have access to medically necessary health care services and to eligible prescription medications, medical supplies, and pharmacy services.

Mosaic BC

MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, refugee, migrant and mainstream communities in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as well as throughout the province of BC and overseas via online programs.

New to BC

New to BC unites 10 public library systems in Metro Vancouver to help connect newcomers with programs and services in their community.

Newcomers' Guides (WelcomeBC)

Moving to a new country can be hard. You might have a lot of questions. The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide will help you settle into B.C. quickly and easily.

North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership

A coalition of 30+ agencies and institutions who support new immigrants. They work towards a vision of an inclusive North Shore where everyone has a sense of belonging and can fully participate economically, socially, and civically in our community.

North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Shore Neighbourhood house works with a number of other organizations to ensure the house is culturally inclusive and welcoming. Child care, supportive services, They offer programs for new immigrants.

Paivand Persian Community Newspaper

Published weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, distributed to the Greater Vancouver area, Victoria and Calgary. Their website contains links to other Iranian resources, news sites, Iranian online magazines, and larger Iranian newspaper publications.

Red Book Online (BC211)

bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC, including resources on addiction, mental health, homelessness, disabilities and more.

Residential Tenancies

Contact the Residential Tenancy Branch for information, education and dispute resolution services for landlords and tenants.

Scholarships & Awards

Through the B.C. Ministry of Education, get help with post-secondary tuition and fees. Learn about the scholarships and awards available to Grade 12 students completing high school.

School Finder

Information on admissions requirements, costs, programs, and contact information for over 600 post secondary schools.

Sing Tao Daily Canadian Chinese Newspaper

An online version of Sing Tao Daily Canadian Chinese Newspaper in traditional Chinese and translatable into English.

Skilled Immigrant Infocentre

The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is a free service to help you find the information you need to get a job in your field of education and experience.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL® test is among the most widely respected English-language tests in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Wherever you want to study, the TOEFL test can help you get there.

Voter Information (Elections Canada)

Find your riding, learn about local candidates and learn how to register to vote if you are a first-time voter. On this portal, you will also find information about the accessibility of voting locations, frequently asked questions and backgrounders on the electoral process.

Westcoast Reader

A newspaper for people who are improving their English reading skills. The newspaper is published from September to June by CapU with assistance from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Pacific Newspaper Group, publishers of The Province and The Vancouver Sun. Material is copyrighted.

WorkBC: Jobs & Careers

Virtual information centre that provides access to career, training, and employment information resources and services such as labour market information, job listings, and educational resources that British Columbians can use in order to prepare for, obtain and keep employment.

WorkBC: Labour Market Outlook 2023-2033

From 2023-2033 it is projected there will be almost a million job openings in BC. This edition uses data from the census and the TEER system to assess the age structure of the population and labour force, labour force participation and typical education requirements of occupations.


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