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.

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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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Upcoming Events

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wed05oct6:00 pm7:30 pmBeginners' Conversation Group - Courtenay Library6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Vancouver Island Regional Library Courtenay, 300 6th Street

fri14oct12:30 pm2:00 pmNewcomers' Conversation Group - A Step Above Café12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Quality Food Courtenay, 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

mon17oct10:00 am12:00 pmInternational Senior's Group, Campbell River Community Centre10:00 am - 12:00 pm Campbell River Community Centre, 401 11 Ave, Campbell River, BC V9W 4G2

wed19oct6:00 pm7:30 pmBeginners Book Club - Courtenay Library6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Vancouver Island Regional Library Courtenay, 300 6th Street

fri21oct6:45 pm8:45 pmMulticultural Family Swim - October6:45 pm - 8:45 pm Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, 377 Lerwick Road

fri28oct12:30 pm2:00 pmNewcomers’ Book Club - A Step Above Café12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Quality Food Courtenay, 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

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.