New to Victoria?

Welcome BC Newcomer's Guide

Settlement Orientation Services


Find free newcomer services near you - Click

Local Services Provider for Temporary Residents


Alone in Canada: 21 Ways to Make it Better - A Self-Help Guide for Single Newcomers, available in more than 15 different languages

Learn, Live and Work in BC - Students

Information for places to go & things to do - [HelloBC], [Tourism Victoria]

Housing Search Resources

Information for Newcomers when they rent or buy a house

Information for Tenants

Information for Temporary Foreign Workers in BC


Government Forms 

forms to help with your settlement into Canada

MSP (Medical Services Plan) - [Eligibility], [MSP -  Apply Online]

PharmaCare for BC Residents - [Eligibility],  [Fair PharmaCare - Apply Online]

ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) - [Driver Licensing & ID]

SIN (Social Insurance Number) -  [Eligibility], [Enrolment]



Guide to the Employment Standards Act

WorkSafe BC


Employment Insurance benefits -[Apply Online]

Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre - online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore careers or start a business

Top 20 Job Posting Sites in Canada

Resume Format in Canada

The Winning Resume - Presented by SASS Careers

Resume Do's and Don'ts - Job Bank

Resume Builder - Job Bank

Acing the Interview - Presented by Anthony Daigle

Power Up Your Job Search - Work BC

Job Search Tools - uOttawa



Self-Employment resources



Upcoming Job Fair and Employment Events



    November 9, 2019


    November 13, 2019


    November 14, 2019



    Network in Victoria & surrounding areas


    Community Centre Your Neighbourhood Resource group (Childcare, various activities for family and more!)


    Health Services 

    Find nearest Walk-in Clinic and wait time - Click

    Victoria Youth Clinic 

    Island Sexual Health 

    Find a Doctor 

    Affordable Dental Clinic - Camosun

    ORCCA Dental Clinic Society Sidney - provides children and adolescents under 19 years of age from low-income families access to oral care in a not for profit setting

    HealthLink BC - Call 811 to speak to health service navigators, registered nurses, dietitians, qualified exercise professionals and pharmacists 

    Healthy Kids Program - provides coverage for basic dental treatment, optical care and hearing assistance to children in low-income families, who are not in receipt of income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance.

    To find out if your child is covered call:

    1-866-866-0800 Press “4” and then “2” (have your child’s Care Card Number handy)

    Immunize BC - Evidence-based immunization information and tools for B.C. residents


    Useful Resources


    Resources for Children/Parents in BC


    Resources for Seniors in BC

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    Develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. 


    mission is to be a leading innovative provider of affordable homes and support services that contribute to the independence of individuals and families. owns and/or operates an extensive portfolio of affordable rental housing aimed at low and moderate income individuals and families and people with disabilities.


    a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing affordable rental housing for low-to-moderate income families, seniors, working singles, and adults with disabilities who live independently.



    A range of free services available to people with low incomes. Services include legal information, legal advice, and legal representation (a lawyer to take your case).

    • TAPS (Together Against Poverty Society)

    Providing free, face-to-face legal advocacy for people with income assistance, disability benefits, employment standards, and tenancy issues.

    • VIHRC (Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition)

    Through advocacy, support, and human rights education, we assist people who have experienced discrimination.

    • FSGV (Family Services of Greater Victoria)

    Helps children, youth, and adults manage the challenges of separation, divorce, or transition to a new family structure

    An inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless.

    Transitional Housing, Brain Injury, Childcare, Senior, Young Parent outreach, Respite & Respitality

    Advocating for and providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, integrated health care and other support services to end homelessness



    Providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. The help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.

    An accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance from another person.

    • Crisis Centre (Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC)

     A non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis