If you are new to Canada or to BC we know that the transition can be challening. That is why we are here to help. This page has a selection of resources from the government and from the Jewish community that will help ease your transition.

Here is what you and your family need to know upon arrival in BC:


First Few Days Upon Arrival to BC

  • Before you move to BC
  • Get help when you arrive
  • Things to do right away
  • Find Settlement Services
  • Find a place to live
  • Get identification


Start Your Life in BC

  • Learn English
  • Get Health Care
  • Find Child Care
  • Education in British Columbia
  • Manage Your Money
  • Senior’s Programs
  • Driving in BC
  • Emergencies
  • Visit Your Local Library


Services and Support BC Government

  • For Temporary Residents
    • For Permanent Residents and Naturalized Citizens
    • For Refugees and Asylum Seekers


Employment and Language Programs


Jobs Board  


Newcomers Guide


Settlement Services at Jewish Family Services  


Health Care System in BC 


Consular and Diplomatic Services