New Immigrants and ESL

1.General Resources for New Immigrants
2.English Conversation Classes


General Resources for New Immigrants

Immigrant Services Society of BC – Welcome to Canada resources

SUCCESS events calendar
SUCCESS was founded in 1973 to assist new Canadians of Chinese descent to overcome language and cultural barriers, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has evolved into a multicultural, multi­service agency assisting people of many different cultural backgrounds at all stages of their Canadian experience. See their upcoming events on employment, English classes, citizenship exam, financial literacy, BC driver’s licence etc.

ISS Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program
The program provides a safe and supportive space to help immigrant and refugee women:

  • break feelings of isolation
  • develop support networks
  • learn new skills
  • gather information and resources
  • develop or enhance leadership skills

The program has two components: peer support groups and training to facilitate these groups.
Non-English speakers welcome.
Click here to learn more or call one of the program coordinators:
Vancouver & Richmond 604- 684-7498 Ext. 1267
Burnaby 604-395-8000 Ext. 1706
Tri-Cities (Coquitlam) 778-861-8499

Burnaby Family Life – Immigrant Women’s Support Group 
Finding yourself feeling down and missing your relatives? Feeling lost in Canadian Society? Come and meet other immigrant woman and learn about your community, education, employment, healthcare etc. while sharing your stories in a safe and supportive environment. Practice your English and meet new friends.  Free childcare and snacks available.
10 sessions, by donation
To register call: 604-659-2205

Vancouver Lower Mainland Family Services Society – Support and Educational Groups
Offers individual counseling, advocacy and support at or out of the office and over the phone by bi-lingual/bi-cultural workers (Mandarin and Cantonese included). Group counseling and support, counseling to women experiencing abuse/violence, crisis intervention and referrals available.
5000 Kingsway Plaza III
#306-4980 Kingsway,
Burnaby ,  B.C.
Canada ,  V5H 4K7

Chinese Single Mother Support Group
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10am to 12pm
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
South Asian Women Support Group
Every first and third Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm.
Language: Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi
To register: email to or call Peggy (Chinese) or Ranjeet (South Asian) at (604) 436-1025
All groups and workshops are free. Childcare is provided on site.
Registration is needed.

Battered Women’s Support Services
Online Publications and Legal Resources for Immigrant Women – General legal resources
The Violence Stops Here – Continued Commitment to Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Women – Services specifically for immigrant and refugee women who experience or have experienced violence

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English Conversation Classes

ELSA Program

ELSA stands for English Language Services for Adults. The ELSA program provides basic and intermediate level English training for adult newcomers to Canada. ELSA is government-funded and is free to students.
If you are a permanent resident or new citizen, you can access the ELSA program.

Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) Program

RMCS provides free English class for permanent residents. The current program is held on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.
Address: No. 3 Road, Office 220-4351 No 3 Rd, Richmond
Contact: Edmond, 604-279-7160 Email:

If you do not have permanent residency or citizenship, you can take English classes at the following organizations:


Richmond Women’s Resource Centre
Women only; Year round intake
Mon: 1-3pm (ESL Conversation)
Tues: 10am-1200pm (English Writing)
Application Fee: $40 annual membership
Address: The Caring Place, 110-7000 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
Tel: (604) 279-7060 Email:

Richmond Multicultural Community Services
Beginner: Tuesdays 9:30am-12:00pm
Intermediate: Thursdays 6-8pm
Advanced: Thursdays 9:30am-12:00pm
Costs: $25 per term
Registration: in person at the Richmond Multicultural Community Services
Address: 210-7000 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
Contact: Office Manager, Batool Ladak, 604.279.7160 ext 7162,


Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Offers classes on various levels of English instruction for women newcomers. Most classes are $30 per term (except classes at Collingwood are free). Child care available.

Collingwood Neighborhood House
Classes: Fridays 10:30am-12pm (walk-ins welcome!)
Costs: Free! (no restrictions)
Registration: in person at Collingwood Neighborhood House (can register day of class)
Address: 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver
Contact: Helen Su or Jenny Shen at 604-412-3705

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday and Thursday morning

Champlain Heights School
6955 Frontenac Street, Vancouver
Monday and Wednesday morning

For English classes in Surrey, New Westminster, Chilliwack and Abbotsford, click here.

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