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Newcomer Information

Diversity Programs

Welcome to Canada!

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

Settlement Services

Come to a Settlement Services for Newcomers event at your local Surrey libary. They can help you find a place to live, get a job in your field, and much more.

Surrey LIP offers a services map where you can find local services, such as refugee, employment, health and nutrition services.

Tours for Newcomers

Learn about the programs, services and resources offered to newcomer residents in Surrey by taking a tour.

Visit places such as:

  • Your Local Recreation Centre & Library
  • Surrey City Hall
  • Surrey Museum
  • Surrey Arts Centre
  • Historic Stewart Farm
  • And much more!

Each session is interactive and tailored to the tour group's interests. Tours are offered as 1 or 2-day sessions and can be modified according to the group’s interests and schedule.

These tours are proudly offered in partnership between the City of Surrey and Options Community Services.

Call Options at 604-572-4060 to arrange a tour.

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 finding accessible programs and services in Surrey.
 

Language Services

Translation

Translation is available in more than 170 languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Farsi, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Arabic and French.

In person: The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all City facilities. Each location has translation cards on the counter. Point to a language on the cards and the staff member will call a translator for you.

Phone: If you have difficulty communicating in English, call the City of Surrey General Line 604 591 4011 for assistance. They will call a translator over the phone for you.

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English Conversation Program

Students of the English Conversation ProgramThe English Conversation Program is a free program for you to practice your English in a comfortable 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 in the Fall, Winter and Spring all over Surrey and are available for women only, or, for both men and women.

Check out our spring schedule and find a location near you.

Call 604-502-6325 for more information.

Youth English Conversation Circle

The Youth English Conversation Circle is a comfortable, fun, interactive setting to practice English, and a great opportunity for you to make friends at the same time. Classes run for 8 sessions and provide an opportunity to interact with other youth from around the world while not only learning about Canadian culture, but international cultures as well.

Call 604-502-6325 for more information.

ESL Book Club

Practice your reading and speaking with other English learners at an ESL Book Club in your neighbourhood. Find out the next ESL Book Club happening near you.
 

Community Services

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

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