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Explore Your Topic: Support Services

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

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On The Web

BC Council for Families

The BC Council for Families envisions a BC where all families are recognized, respected and empowered to thrive. The BCCF develops and delivers support resources and training programs to professionals across the province that focus on prevention, inclusiveness and building skills and confidence.

BC Housing: Information for Seniors

The Seniors’ Supportive Housing Program in BC provides housing and support services to older adults, seniors and people with disabilities. The Program assists low-income British Columbians who are 55 years of age or older, and people of any age who have a disability or diminished ability.

BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Online map of child and youth mental health and substance use services. Provides information on services directly from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), health authorities and community agencies. Only services funded by MCFD and health authorities are shown on the map.

Counselling BC

A searchable database of counsellors, psychologists and therapists in the Lower Mainland and other BC locations.

Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA)

Information about their programs and opportunities for those with autism spectral disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, Downs’ Syndrome and many other developmental disabilities, and their caregivers.

Disability Alliance BC

Advocacy, programs, education, news and links to other BC and Canadian resources. This organization supports people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

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.

Family Services North Shore

Family Services of the North Shore (FSNS) is a not for profit accredited organization committed to providing compassionate, professional, and affordable social services to those who live or work on the North Shore. Features counselling and educational programs.

Gov. of Canada Programs & Services for Seniors

A federal government website for information and services. Includes topics such as caregiving benefits, health, safety, fraud prevention, services for veterans and advice for managing your money.

Government of Canada. Accessibility Resources Centre.

Easy access to the federal government’s financial aid and other programs including employment, housing, technology and workplace supports.

Housing Services: Seniors Services Society

Seniors Services Society of BC provides older adults 60+ with information and guidance on housing and support program options including tax assistance, transportation, grocery shopping, meal delivery and more.

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).

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.

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

A national, non-profit volunteer organization that seeks to promote public awareness about learning disabilities through advocacy and education. Find informational resources about various learning disabilities, employment and education options for those with learning disabilities, and more.

Mental Health and Substance Use Supports in BC

Information and links to BC Government services for addiction treatment and mental health support.

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.

Neil Squire Society

Assistive technology and innovative programs and services for those with physical disabilities.

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 Community Resources

Childcare information for parents and caregivers, information on volunteering on the north shore, including a listing of local volunteering job openings. Additionally, it contains a searchable version of the Green Book, the directory of north shore services produced by the NSCR.

North Shore Community Resources: Seniors One Stop

A non-profit society promoting the independence and well-being of elderly and isolated seniors as part of its mandate.

North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC)

Guided by the belief that all people are important to their community, the NSDRC provides programs and services dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities, as well as their friends and families, can participate actively as members of the community.

North Shore Emergency Management Office

The NSEMO works in partnership with the three North Shore municipalities to plan, coordinate and test emergency and disaster response services.

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 Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers hot nutritious noon-day meal to people living on the North Shore, from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.

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.

North Shore Seniors Directory

A directory resource for seniors living on the North Shore. This publication connects seniors with resources for help with finances, health, housing, information, legal resources, meal programs, transportation and social, educationn and recreation programs.

North Shore Volunteers for Seniors

A non-profit society promoting the independence and well-being of elderly and isolated seniors.

Persons with Disabilities Online

A Government of Canada website that includes “access to services and information for persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers and all Canadians.” Provides information on employment, transportation and travel, housing, assistive technology, lifestyle, and more.


Information about government programs and services for older adults. A one-stop-shop for information to plan for and live a healthy, active aging lifestyle. Included on the website are sections on health care, finances, benefits, housing, transportation and more.

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.

Youth Services (LGBTQ Centre Vancouver)

Gab Youth is a cool place where youth can kick back, talk with friends, and meet people that have similar questions about sexual orientation or gender identity. Offers drop-ins times and other actitivies.

Youth in BC: Be Heard. Get Help.

Need to talk? Chat online or call a volunteer listener. This website also has info about stress, bullying, sexuality, mental health, and how to help a friend in trouble.

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