“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”
― Maya Angelou


Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Living in Canada

Your settlement plan

Based on your answers, this information can help make your transition to life in Canada easier.


Find an immigrant-serving organization near you and bring a copy of your settlement plan so that they can assess your needs more quickly. An immigrant-serving organization can give you a more personalized experience and support you with your next steps.

Your profile

Your profile

You have identified yourself as:

  • from …..
  • a permanent resident
  • in Canada for more than one year
  • in British Columbia
  • having no children under 18 living with you
  • having health concerns
  • interested in becoming a Canadian citizen

Your needs include:

  • finding a place to live
  • improving your language skills
  • finding a job
  • finding a school program or adult education
Your next steps

Your next steps

By now you should have taken many of the steps necessary to start your life in Canada.  Based on your answers, here are some other things you can do to settle into life in Canada.

  • Use the “Find services” tab to find immigrant-serving organizations in your community. They can help you with many of the steps in your settlement plan including language training and finding work.
  • Use the “Find services” tab to find out where the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) assessment centre is in your community and register for language classes. In French, LINC is called CLIC (Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada).
  • Use the Working in Canada tool to get a report with information about the job you are interested in. Find out if it is regulated or unregulated.
Find immigrant services

Find immigrant services

Immigrant-serving organizations offer services that can help you better understand and deal with many of the settlement needs you might have. They will also connect you with important services and programs in your community. Check the map below to find organizations in the province or territory where you live. You can also type an address or city in the search bar to find an organizations closer to where you are. If map does not load, click here.

Through a federal-provincial agreement, British Columbia provides help directly to newcomers in that province. Find immigrant services in British Columbia.

Culture, laws, rights

Culture, laws, rights

As a new immigrant to Canada it is important to know about Canada’s history, the land, climate, people, government, and laws and justice. You should understand both the rights and responsibilities of the people who live here.




Even if you are already living in Canada, there are many resources that can help you learn more about cost of living, choosing a city or town, and renting or buying a home.

Immigrant-serving organizations can also provide you with information about housing and refer you to resources to help you find a place to live.




Getting a job that matches your qualifications and interests can be a challenge. You may need to learn new job search skills, create a new group of contacts and find out what Canadian employers want.

You may need to have your foreign credentials recognized so that you can be certified, licensed or registered to work in a regulated occupation.

Immigrant-serving organizations offer support to permanent residents who want to work in Canada, and there are many resources available that can help you achieve your employment goals.




Canada has two official languages: English and French. Strong skills in one or both of these languages are very important to your success in Canada.

There are a number of ways that you can improve your language skills on your own (e.g., library or internet resources). Permanent residents (including refugees) are eligible for taxpayer-funded language classes provided by immigrant-serving organizations. Before you can begin these classes, you must have your current language skills tested by an organization authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Find an authorized language assessment organization using the “Find services” tab.


  • Use this online self-assessment tool if you are interested in assessing your English language skills before you take a formal language test


Adult education is common in Canada and there are many education programs available for adults who have not finished elementary or secondary school. There are also many forms of post-secondary education including colleges, universities and other institutes of learning.

Your education may not automatically be recognized in Canada. Demonstrating your education and academic credentials is important, especially if you plan to continue your studies in Canada or work in some professions.

Immigrant-serving organizations can help you find out more about education in Canada.




Individuals and families in Canada have access to many important services. Three (3) important documents are needed to get these services:

Permanent Resident Card: This card is an important travel document and your official proof of your status as a permanent resident.

Social Insurance Number: This is a nine-digit number that is needed to work in Canada or receive government benefits.

Provincial/territorial health insurance card: This card gives you access to Canada’s taxpayer-funded healthcare system.




Canada’s health insurance system is tax-payer funded and designed to ensure that all residents of Canada have access to health care. To access health care under this system you must have a health card issued by the government of the province or territory where you live.

Immigrant-serving organizations can help you get health care by connecting you to the right provincial, territorial or community resources.

Use these links to find more information on health coverage and services in Canada.




There are programs and services for children, adults and seniors to meet the needs and interests of all family members. Think about the different needs that your family might have.

All children and youth in Canada have access to taxpayer-funded elementary and secondary education at public schools. There are also private elementary and secondary schools that charge tuition fees.

If you are enrolling your children in a Canadian school for the first time, the school or school board may assess them to determine what level they should be placed at and whether they need more support.

Immigrant-serving organizations can help you enrol your children in a school.




The cost of living varies greatly in Canada, depending on the province or territory where you live. Cost also varies between big cities and rural areas. It is usually less expensive to live in a smaller city or town.

Use these links to learn more about money and finances in Canada (e.g., credit and loans, taxation).




Connecting with others in your new community is an important step in the settlement process. Making new friends and contacts will help you feel at home in Canada and help you advance your professional goals by creating a network of people that can support you in your search for work. There are many different ways in which you can connect with others in your new city or town.




You must be a permanent resident for at least two years AND have lived in Canada for at least three of the last four years before applying to become a Canadian citizen (children under the age of 18 do not need to meet this requirement if they are permanent residents).

To become a Canadian citizen, you will need to demonstrate a deep commitment to this country by living in Canada, learning to communicate in at least one of the official languages, learning about Canada and obeying Canadian laws.


July 20, 2014

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (NLT)

Isaiah 1:18 – “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as sand.” (NLT)

Breathe on me, Breath of God

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.


Breathe on Me, Breath of God

Edwin Hatch, 1878

advice for pisces


having faith..

believing in magic..

investing in the power of positive thinking..


try conditioning yourself to be happy, hopeful, and sure of yourself. with a little practice you can change your situation.



July 17, 2014


Sharing your vision boldly & beautifully: Marketing

Good advice

Sharing your vision boldly & beautifully Marketing | Beautiful Hello Blog

So, let’s refresh, we have talked about defining your passion, and developing your brand (which isn’t gross after all….)  and now, my favorite part, Sharing your work!  

It’s true, your work can speak for its self – I mean, that’s why you created it, right?  But maybe you want to reach more people so that your work can speak a little louder?  I totally get that.
So let’s talk about sharing your work boldly, cleanly, and beautifully (this is technically called marketing, but it’s not gross and dirty – I promise!)

six marketing tips for artists and makers:  Beautiful Hello Blog

1. First, be known in your own city.  Your biggest fan club and support structure are the people that know you the best.  Invest time and love into  your community and allow the people close to you to champion and support you.
2. Your audience wants to hear from you, the maker, the one who poured their thoughts…

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일상을 뒤집는 100가지 짜릿한 상상

Roots | 추억 찾기
1. 옛 친구를 찾아 본다 2. 보트를 산다 3. 어린 시절 영웅을 만난다 4. 다른 세대와 하루를 같이 보낸다 5. 친어머니를 찾는다 6. 다시 스케이트보드를 탄다(or 인라인 스케이트, 아이스 스케이트) 7. 어릴 때 모아둔 보물 상자를 열어 본다 8. 어렸을 때 살던 집을 찾아간다 9. 가족의 뿌리를 찾는다

Explore | 무작정 모험하기
10. 남극에서 일출을 감상한다(or 북극, 오로라) 11. 인도로 배낭 여행을 떠난다(or 유럽) 12. 1년 동안 이탈리아에서 산다 13. 후지 산을 오른다(or 에베레스트) 14. 펜팔에게 편지를 쓴다 15. 집 주변을 탐험한다 16. 미국을 육로로 횡단한다 17. 밤중에 무지개를 본다 18. 히말라야의 동굴에서 명상을 한다 19. 오랜 도보 여행을 떠난다 20. 카약을 타고 정글을 누빈다

Experiment | 꼭 해 보고 싶었던 것 꼭 해 보기
21. 머리를 민다 22. 군중 속을 알몸으로 달린다 23. 수염을 기른다 24. 새로운 음식을 맛본다 25. 나만의 공간을 마련한다 26. 괴짜가 된다 27. 취미를 만든다 28. 자전거에 스테레오를 설치한다 29. 하이힐을 신는다 30. 아무것도 하지 않는다

Challenge | 한계 뛰어넘기
31. 태권도를 배운다 32. 낙하산을 타고 비행기에서 뛰어내린다(or 스카이다이빙) 33. 바다 밑바닥까지 프리다이빙을 한다 34. 운동을 한다 35. 황소떼와 함께 달린다 36. 나무 타기를 한다 37. 습관을 고친다 38. 음속으로 하늘을 난다 39. 불 위를 걷는다

Give | 남을 위해 살기
40. 인명을 구조한다 41. 사회에 진 빚을 갚는다 42. 모르는 사람들에게 돈을 준다 43. 어려운 사람을 돕는다 44. 한 마을을 후원한다 45. 약자를 돕는다 46. 멸종 위기에 놓인 동물의 보존을 돕는다 47. 노숙자를 돕는다 48. 시위에 동참한다 49. 한 아이의 정신적 버팀목이 된다

Learn | 미지의 세계로 뛰어들기
50. 마술을 완벽하게 마스터한다 51. 오페라 무대에 선다 52. 비행기 조종을 배운다 53. 춤을 배운다 54. 벌을 키운다 55. 이탈리아 어를 배운다 56. 대학을 졸업한다 57. 식탁을 차린다 58. 신앙을 회복한다 59. 드럼을 연주한다 60. 수영을 배운다 61. 기술을 전수한다

Express | 나만의 예술성 표현하기
62. 대형 캔버스에 그림을 그린다 63. 스탠드업 코미디를 한다 64. 문신을 한다 65. 자화상을 그린다 66. 연극을 무대에 올린다 67. 밴드에서 노래를 부른다 68. 연설을 한다 69. 언더그라운드 클럽을 연다 70. 나만의 옷을 만든다 71. 책을 출간한다 72. 앨범을 녹음한다

Love | 따뜻한 영혼과 교감하기
73. 프러포즈를 한다 74. 모르는 사람에게 데이트 신청을 한다 75. 사랑에 빠진다 76. 애인이나 배우자와 함께 엉뚱한 상상을 실현한다 77. 갈라파고스 제도로 신혼여행을 떠난다 78. 벽장 밖으로 나간다 79. 친구를 위해 깜짝 파티를 연다 80. 가정을 이룬다 81. 아이를 낳는다 82. 결혼을 한다

Work | 잘 먹고 잘 살기
83. 재택근무를 한다 84. 직업을 바꾼다 85. 교사가 된다 86. 새로운 방법으로 출근한다 87. 조그만 숙박시설을 운영한다 88. 여가를 이용해 제2의 직업을 시작한다 89. 음식점을 연다 90. 직장을 그만둔다

Legacy | 멋지게 마무리하기
91. 보물을 묻는다 92. 가풍을 이어 나간다 93. 아들이 자라는 모습을 지켜본다 94. 재산을 물려준다 95. 나무를 심는다 96. 엄마의 뒤를 따른다 97. 우리 집안의 요리책을 만든다 98. 저승에서 이야기한다 99. 후대에 영원히 남을 기념물을 만든다

100. 처음부터 다시 시작한다