English Language Services for Adults (ELSA)

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You may have had a chance to try out the English learning links introduced at the beginning. ELSA is English Language Services for Adults. The ELSA program is free for all sponsored refugees. ELSA classes are programmed to help newcomers to: Learn every day English Develop employment skills Use a… Read more »

Public Transportation

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  If you do not have your license or access to a vehicle you can use public transportation to get around. These include: buses, the sky train and the sea bus. You need exact change for transit fare or a Compass Card. Young children often ride for free as long… Read more »

B.C. Driver’s License

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  For more information, click here.  To drive in BC you must have a valid driver’s license. If you have just moved to BC you can use your license from your previous residence for up to 90 days, but have to apply for a BC driver’s license within that 90… Read more »

Open a Bank Account

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For more information on Banking System in Canada, click here. You can open an account at a bank, a credit union or a trust company. Before you choose a place to bank, find out what kind of accounts it has. Ask questions about banking charges and interest on your money…. Read more »

Film Screenings

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The Archdiocese will provide the RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT and Chosen, DVD’s for screenings of these important documentaries. Please encourage your parish to host a screening and invite fellow parishioners, family and friends to attend and learn more about our moral teachings and how as Catholics we are asked to… Read more »

Medical Services Plan

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  Every resident of British Columbia must register for the BC Health Insurance, known as the Medical Services Plan or MSP. Enrollment of MSP is mandatory for all permanent residents. All persons in BC who have protected persons status are asked to call the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) for… Read more »

You have arrived… Welcome to Canada

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  Upon your arrival at the Vancouver International Airport, you can get information at the Community Airport Newcomers Network (C.A.N.N.), which is located in the Immigration Landing Room in the International Arrival Area For more information about what to do upon your arrival to Vancouver visit Welcome BC website.  … Read more »