Learn about supports, online classes and programs for newcomers.

Computer Classes

Digital Connect
Tel: 604-404-1215  chandni.patel@pics.bc.ca  outreach@umojaoperations.ca  
Free virtual basic computer training. Free, 12 week program where you will receive coaching and guidance in employment-related areas, learn key online job search skills and networking skills. For permanent residents, open work permit holder, refugee claimant or non-Canadian citizen.

English and Citizenship Classes

English and Citizenship Classes @ Options Community Services
Options Community Services is moving some of their classes online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These classes can be accessed from a home computer or smartphone, all from the safety of home. Free online English classes start on April 14 with morning and afternoon classes. There will also be Learn English Through Discussions and Debates starting April 17.

Options are also offering an online citizenship preparation class, Discover Canada starting on April 20. Learn about Canada, and prepare for the citizenship exam.

Register for these programs through phone or email at:
Martha Yan at 604-250-1766
martha.yan@options.bc.ca
(12:00 - 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday)

Brandon Koo at 778-871-5647
(10:30 am - 1:30 pm, Tuesday - Thursday and 12:00 - 3:00 pm, Friday)
brandon.koo@options.bc.ca

Options is also offering free online 30-minute conversational English chats with an English speaker! It's through a service called HuH, Humans Understanding Humans. You can register online.  Website available in 中文, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, español, français, 한국어, Tiếng Việt, العربية

MOSAIC’s Virtual English Conversation Classes
Tel: 604-438-8214       rblasco@mosaicbc.org
Free virtual English Conversation Circle sessions will run every Monday in April, from 6:30-8:30pm. Registration is required. Check your eligibility & learn more here.

Virtual Adult Literacy Program - CALP PICS
Tel: 604-596-7722   chandni.patel@pics.bc.ca
Free Virtual English Classes. Job Seekers wanting to improve their English can join free online English classes providing help with resumes and cover letters, interview skills, computer job search, and conversation skills. Extra one-on-one support is also available. Available to Canadian citizens, PR holders, or those with a work permit.

Employment

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants
#210   7525 King George Blvd  Surrey BC
Tel: 604-575-3800
Second Location:
#301-10334 152A Street  Surrey BC
Tel: 604-683-1684 
Program designed to help new immigrants find jobs related to their professional fields. Now operating virtually. Can help get Canadian work experience, mentorship,  credentials and workplace culture. Must be a permanent resident for less than 5 years, have at least intermediate English and be unemployed or working in a field unrelated to your profession.

Foreign Credential Recognition Program
Unit 205, 12725- 80th Ave Surrey BC
Tel: 604-596-7722 Ext: 157
Helps internationally trained professionals to get back into their professional field or alternative related career field. Also offers a loan amount up to $15,000 depending on the process, to cover the cost of credentialing along with a flexible repayment schedule. COVID-19 Update: Program is now offered 100% online. Information sessions conducted online via Zoom Video Conferencing.

Immigrant Entrepreneur Program
13455 76 Ave, Surrey BC
Tel: 604-547-1662   selfemployment@dcrs.ca
Provides important information, resources and advice for aspiring immigrant entrepreneurs. One-on-one consultations, referrals and workshops. Offered in English and other languages including Mandarin, Arabic, Korean & Karen. COVID-19 update: Assistance is still offered to clients. Best method of contact during the pandemic: fkao@dcrs.ca 

Newcomer Employment Support Program
#305 10362 King George Blvd. Surrey, BC V3T 2W5  
Tel: 604-954-0482
Help for newcomers looking for work who live in Surrey and Delta. Have individual coaching, resume help, job fairs and mentorship. COVID-19th Update: Options continues to provide Employment services to newcomers. Please contact Options if you have any questions regarding: Employment Insurance, Canada Emergency Response Benefits CERB, Job Search during COVID-19, Labor Market Information, Online Free Learning, updating your Resume, and to learn more about industries currently hiring. Best method of contact: 604-612-8149

SIYS Corps - Surrey Intercultural Youth Service Corps Project
Tel: 604-596-7722  siycorps@pics.bc.ca
6 weeks of skills training and 11 weeks of volunteer work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. SIYSCorps program brings together a diverse group of motivated youth to become active community ambassadors. We provide valuable leadership training, community engagement skills and volunteer placements, so that youth can build community connections. Training will also include job search skills, resume building, financial literacy and essential life skills that will help youth gain valuable experience in community engagement and enhancing employment opportunities.

Trade Builders Program
Unit 205, 12725- 80th Ave Surrey BC
Tel: 604-596-7722 ext: 150
Program for people aged 18-24 who are interested in the building trades. 30 week program that explores different technical occupations. Will help you develop essential skills and safety training. Child care, transportation, work clothing supports. Program poster.

Peer Support & Social Activities

Virtual Multicultural Peer Support Group for Immigrant and Refugee Women
Tel: 604-684-7498 ext 1694      rasha.youssef@issbc.org
Meeting other women online to make new friends and build support networks. Sharing your experiences and challenges on life in Canada and the current COVID-19 crisis. Gathering information on services and resources available in your community. The program starts May 2, 2020. More information: Arabic, English, Chinese, Persian, and Spanish.