Start Your Life in B.C.

If you’ve chosen British Columbia (B.C) to be your home—Welcome! To make your transition to life here easier, go to the WelcomeBC website to find useful resources, tips and basic information on how to settle in.
We’ve updated our content and look on WelcomeBC to make it easy to find the information you need. Start your life in B.C. by finding out what you need to know and do:

First Few Days – Learn what to do when you first get here. Read about finding a place to live, getting identification papers, getting support from government and community services, and much more.

Daily Life – Get access to English language classes, health care, child care, schooling and seniors’ programs. Also, learn how to manage your money, find a job, apply for a driver’s licence and more.

Services and Support – If you’re a temporary or permanent resident, you can find services and programs to meet your needs, such as settlement agencies and support groups. Find out how to contact service providers and get the help you need. 

Newcomers' Guides – Find out everything about life in B.C., from money and banking to jobs and driving. The Guide is available in eight languages. You can find it, as well as pre-arrival and other information in up to 15 different languages, including English on the WelcomeBC In Your Language page.

Newcomers' Videos – Learn about living in B.C. by watching our short videos. Find out how to get settled, locate services, find work and arrange the necessities of daily life.
WelcomeBC offers clear, accurate, useful information for anyone who is new to B.C. Check it out with your family and your friends.

Go to WelcomeBC’s information pages on how to Start Your Life in B.C.