MHHS - BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) provides information and referral, resources and support to assist temporary residents settle and integrate successfully in BC. This program also aims to help eligible clients in pursuing pathways to permanent residency, access labour market information and support and be able to establish connections in the community.
This is a BC government funded program - all our services are free.
Settlement workers are available to provide one-on-one support, consultation and referrals, by appointment — at the MHHS Office, Vancouver. Our BCSIS staff can answer your questions about settlement related concerns such as: employment, government services and benefits, as well as immigration and work permits.
BCSIS Group Orientations/Workshops
We offer group orientations/workshops to provide our eligible clients and their families with information on key settlement topics including:
Housing and accommodation
Transportation system in (BC) / Applying for a BC driver’s license
English Group Conversations - We offer free English conversation circles in a comfortable and friendly environment. It is an opportunity to: Build your English skills, meet new friends and learn more about life in Canada
The BC settlement officers assist clients who are Canadian citizens, refugees, international students, those on open work permits, provincial nominees (PNP), those on tourist visas and those who came to Canada under the New Pathways (0-5 years in Canada).
New to Canada and want to learn more about life and culture here?
MHHS IRCC Program (formerly called the Newcomer - Settlement and Transition Enrichment Programs and Services (STEPS)) is designed to help newcomers settle and adjust into their new surroundings and integrate successfully into Canadian Society.
The IRCC Program aims to support our eligible clients: New Immigrants, Permanent Residents, Protected Persons and Live-in Caregivers.
Need Assessment & Referrals
MHHS Settlement Workers provide newcomers to Canada with a thorough needs assessment aimed at identifying client needs followed by relevant and appropriate referral to community services and programs based on identified needs. Our Settlement Workers can also help answer specific questions about life in Canada.
Information & Orientation
MHHS Settlement Workers provide our clients orientation on a one-on-one basis with timely, accurate and relevant information on how to access and engage with community resources and services. We provide information and assistance with the following:
Education/Sign up kids for school
Get a language assessment
Social Benefits applications/Filling out forms
Improving Language Skills/Register for language classes
Accessing immigration documents
Social and recreational activities
IRCC Workshops/Group Information Sessions
We also provide workshops/group orientation on topics covering various aspects of life in their community and in Canada. Workshop topics include:
Finding a home/accommodation
Canadian education system for yourself and your children.
Transportation system in Canada
Applying for a Canadian driver’s license.
Understanding community resources and services
Social Benefits for newcomers
Employment Standards and Labour Code
Immigration processes and options
Permanent Resident Card Renewal
How to apply for Canadian citizenship
Employment Related Services
MHHS-STEPS provides eligible clients and their families with knowledge, skills and connections related to better prepare them to enter the Canadian labour market through the following:
One-on-one counselling on pathways to employment including: Client’s Interview skills, Resume/Cover letter writing skills, Job Search Skills
Networking Opportunities - Job Fair
MHHS - STEPS provide many Community Connections activities for participants to learn about local resources and events, while making new friends and practicing their English. It is also a great way for newcomers to learn about culture, make meaningful connections with long-timed Permanent Residents and established Canadians. Activities include:
Tours of local libraries and community recreation centres and other resources
Sharing information about volunteering in the organization and community
Participation in community events: Sports and Recreation, Multicultural Events, Inter-Faith Dialogues and Intercultural Dialogue, Conversation Circles
Please bring your Permanent Resident card, landing papers or Immigration documents, if you wish to avail of MHHS Settlement Services.
We gratefully recognize that our workplace is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (TsleilWaututh) Nations, and we respectfully acknowledge their historical and continuing relationship with the land.