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Welcome to Vancouver Island!

Helping newcomers settle successfully in the North Island since 1992.

Our Services

What We Do

Free English Classes

The Immigrant Welcome Center offers free English classes for immigrants and newcomers to Canada under its LINC* program. 

Free Settlement Services

Let us help you through our settlement services, employment resources, and school system support.

Social Groups & Programs

Our free groups have been created so you can make friends, practice English, and build your support network.

ABOUT US

Our Vision

We envision Campbell River, the Comox Valley, and the North Island as a region that embraces diversity and inclusivity while engaging with the variety of vibrant cultures, and as a place where newcomers feel welcome, safe and respected.
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Stay informed and help us create diverse, inclusive, and welcoming communities in North Vancouver Island.

You’ll get emails – but not too many – with service updates, new projects and events, and educational resources from the Immigrant Welcome Centre and Welcoming Communities Coalition.

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Upcoming Events

May

wed22may3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu23may6:30 pmthu8:00 pmConversation Group with Joanne - Courtenay6:30 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 377 Lerwick Road

tue28may10:00 amtue11:30 amWorkshop: how to be ready for wildfires - Courtenay10:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-07:00)

wed29may3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

June

wed05jun3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

fri07jun12:30 pmfri2:00 pmConversation Group with Ann - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

fri07jun5:00 pmfri7:30 pmInternational Family Rec - sports and games - Campbell River5:00 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT-07:00) 401 11 Ave, Campbell River, BC V9W 4G2

wed12jun3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

tue18jun7:00 pmtue8:30 pmConversation Group with Joanne - Courtenay7:00 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-07:00) 377 Lerwick Road

wed19jun3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu20jun6:30 pmthu9:00 pmInternational Family Recreation Swim - Comox6:30 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 377 Lerwick Road

fri21jun12:30 pmfri2:00 pmConversation Group with Ann - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

wed26jun3:30 pmwed4:30 pmSWIS Buddy Program - Campbell River3:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

I’m so thankful to the Immigrant Welcome Centre for helping me with all my paperwork since the beginning. You guys are awesome! Helping me with my work permit, my permanent residence card, and now with getting my Canadian citizenship.

~ Mary

I was much less stressed and uncertain as I navigated the different steps and felt much more comfortable and confident. Without a doubt I highly recommend the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Thank you for all you do!

~ Stephanie

After I moved here I found IWC and that made me feel good because I felt somebody was here for me when I needed support and help with anything. Even if they can’t help with everything they will tell me where to go. Also, I felt I can trust them and that made me comfortable and confident to settle down and make this my home.

~ Erica
TESTIMONIALS

What our happy clients have to say

Our mission is to help our clients settle successfully in our beautiful region. Read what they have to say about us.

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