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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.

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Comox Valley & Campbell River population who identified as immigrants in 2021
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

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thu07mar3:00 pmthu5:00 pmEmployment Counsellor on site - Campbell River3:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-08:00)

thu07mar8:15 pmthu9:30 pmWater Volleyball for ages 14+ Courtenay8:15 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-08:00)

fri08mar11:00 amfri12:00 pmInfo session: affordability series - Courtenay11:00 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-08:00)

fri08mar12:30 pmfri2:00 pmConversation Group with Ann, Field Trip - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-08:00) 207 4th Street, Courtenay BC V9N 1G7

mon11mar10:30 ammon12:00 pmInfo session: taxes in Canada - Courtenay10:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 407A 5th Street

mon11mar6:30 pmmon9:00 pmInternational Family Recreation Skate - Comox6:30 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 3001 Vanier Drive

thu14mar12:30 pmthu2:00 pmInfo session: affordability series - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu14mar6:30 pmthu9:00 pmInternational Family Recreation Swim - Comox6:30 pm - 9:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 377 Lerwick Road

thu14mar8:15 pmthu9:30 pmWater Volleyball for ages 14+ Courtenay8:15 pm - 9:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

sat16mar10:30 amsat12:00 pmConversation Group with Chris - Campbell River10:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 200-1170 Shoppers Row

mon18mar10:30 ammon12:00 pmInfo session: taxes in Canada - Courtenay10:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 407A 5th Street

wed20mar11:30 amwed1:00 pmConversation Group with Ann - Courtenay11:30 am - 1:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 2300 Ryan Rd Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6

thu21mar12:30 pmthu2:00 pmInfo session: affordability series - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu21mar3:00 pmthu5:00 pmEmployment Counsellor on site - Campbell River3:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

mon25mar10:30 ammon12:00 pmInfo session: taxes in Canada - Courtenay10:30 am - 12:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 407A 5th Street

wed27mar6:30 pmwed8:00 pmConversation Group with Joanne - Courtenay6:30 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 377 Lerwick Road

thu28mar12:30 pmthu2:00 pmInfo session: affordability series - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

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thu04apr12:30 pmthu2:00 pmInfo session: affordability series - Courtenay12:30 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu04apr2:00 pmthu4:00 pmWCC Partnership Council meeting - Courtenay2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu04apr2:00 pmthu4:00 pmWCC Partnership Council meeting - Campbell River2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu04apr3:00 pmthu5:00 pmEmployment Counsellor on site - Campbell River3:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

thu18apr3:00 pmthu5:00 pmEmployment Counsellor on site - Campbell River3:00 pm - 5:00 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.