Information and support for newcomers

In addition to general community services and support, newcomers can access specific services to support and help immigrants.

Settlement Services – This is a helpful, friendly and practical service that will support you while you adjust to your new life in Canada. You can learn about ESL classes, the Canadian Income Tax System, Healthcare in BC, education and employment in Canada, Canadian Citizenship and much more.

Social Activites and Events – would you like to make new friends and contacts, meet other immigrants (both new and long-term)? Why not join Welcome Centre events and activities – whether it’s crafts, outdoor activities, or learning a new skill, there is something for you to get involved with.

Language Services – the Welcome Centre provides FREE groups and one-to-one tutoring to help with English language and to support newcomers in learning about life in Canada and connecting with the community. To qualify for the free English groups and tutoring you must:

  • be a permanent resident of Canada
  • be accepted on the Provincial Nominee Program
  • be a caregiver
  • hold a valid work permit

For details of English language groups see Events. This program also offers two English Practice Groups that are open to everyone wanting to meet others and learn about Whistler and Canada in English.

For information on this program contact the Welcome Centre at 604-698-5960 or email

For information on Taxpayer-funded language classes, see Chapter 7 of the Welcome to Canada guidebook 

The Whistler Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library – join regular drop-in services, events, activities and language groups at the Whistler Public Library. Find out how to access more Settlement, Outreach and Language Services.