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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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

fri27may12:15 pm2:00 pmBeginners Conversation Group (Chris) - Quality Food12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Quality Food Courtenay, 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

sun29may1:00 pm4:00 pmWelcoming Communities Coalition Listening Post #3At Filberg Heritage Park1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

june

fri03jun12:15 pm2:00 pmBeginners Book Club (Ann) - Courtenay Library12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Vancouver Island Regional Library Courtenay, 300 6th Street

mon06jun10:00 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

fri10jun12:15 pm2:00 pmNewcomers Conversation Group (Ann) - Quality Food12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Quality Food Courtenay, 2751 Cliffe Ave #1002, Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8

fri17jun12:15 pm2:00 pmNewcomers Book Club (Chris) - Courtenay Library12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Vancouver Island Regional Library Courtenay, 300 6th Street

mon20jun10:00 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

fri24jun12:15 pm2:00 pmBeginners Conversation Group (Chris) - Quality Food12:15 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.