Learn about Surrey's programs and activities available to new immigrants to Canada.

Moving to a new city or country is an exciting opportunity and full of challenges. The City of Surrey offers and partners with many services, programs and activities to help you get settled into your new life in a new country and a new city.

Settlement Services 

We can help answer questions about finding a place to live, jobs, schools, child care, health care, getting around, programs at Recreation Centres and more!

2021 Settlement Services Schedule

As per the Provincial Health Order due to COVID-19, the Settlement Services in Recreation Centres program is currently on hold. For more information and resources, you can connect with our partnering Settlement Agencies directly to book your appointment.

Surrey Local Immigration Partnership offers a services map where you can find local services, such as refugee services, employment and education support, and health and nutrition services.

Accessibility

The City of Surrey believes in providing equal opportunities for all. Our programs and services ensure accessibility and inclusion are considered in order to inspire participation, create social connections, and foster lifelong learning. Learn more about accessible programs and services in Surrey.

Language Services in Surrey

Interpretation services are available at City of Surrey facilities in more than 170 languages. 

We also recommend DIVERSEcity’s Interpretation and Translation Services, serving the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. DIVERSEcity has a network of more than 300 professionals who provide services in 88+ languages, including many rare ones.

In addition, the Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC provides a listing of translators and services in many languages, and MOSAIC Interpretation & Translation Services offers a fee-for-service service in more than 70 languages.

Online English Conversation Program

The Online English Conversation Program is a free program where you can practice your English in a comfortable, virtual environment while you:

  • Learn about Canadian culture
  • Meet others from around the world
  • Share your experiences

The program focuses on conversation, so you must have some knowledge of English in order to register.

Classes are offered virtually on Microsoft Teams in the fall, winter and spring all over Surrey. 

Registration is required. Call 604-598-5708 for more information.

Community Services

Learn about free or low-cost services, such as job centres and housing and mental health resources.

Utilities

EmpowerMe is a free energy conservation program that largely assists Canadian immigrants. If you own a home in the City of Surrey, visit the EmpowerMe website for more details.

Empower Me is a joint initiative of Quality Program Services, FortisBC, Township of Langley, the City of Vancouver, the City of Surrey, VanCity, and Kambo Green Solutions.

Schools

Surrey has more than 125 free public schools for children under 18. The City is also home to Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University campuses, as well as many colleges and places for continuing education.

Jobs

With a growing economy, Surrey is a great place to find a job or start a business. Also consider applying to work for the City of Surrey, voted one of BC's top employers.