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.
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
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).
- Find a family doctor in British Columbia.
- Apply for the sales tax credit, a tax-free payment that helps individuals and families offset all or part of the sales tax that they pay.
- 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.
- Get your foreign education and work credentials recognized so you can find a job in your field.
- Get your education credentials recognized so you can apply to school in Canada.
- Prepare to become a citizen by learning about Canada and improving your language skills in English or French.
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
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.
- Find out if your occupation is regulated or unregulated. You may need to get your credentials recognized to find work
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.
- Adult education in Canada is common. Find out if it’s right for you
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.
- Find out how to apply for a Social Insurance Number so that you can work and get access to government services
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.
- Learn more about health care in Canada and find out how to apply for a health insurance card from your province or territory
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.