Immigration and Language Services

To assist you with settling in local Immigrant Settlement Services are provided by the Cariboo-Chilcotin Partners for Literacy.

These free services include:

  • English as a Second Language and the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program (L.I.N.C) (childcare is provided during the classes)
  •   Employment and Career Counseling
  •   Assistance with Immigration to Canada & Settlement Services
  •   Assistance with Foreign Credentials recognition in Canada: understanding and guidance   through the process

English as a Second Language Programs

Those with English as a Second Language are encouraged to improve their English language skills by attending the weekly Conversation Circles. Participants discuss current issues, participate in presentations by community members, enjoy cooking classes, become familiar with the community through field trips and complete grammar worksheets. Participants enjoy a less structured learning environment while making new friends and becoming more comfortable within their new community.

The One-to-One Tutoring Program provides a more structured learning environment which matches a learner with a volunteer tutor. Areas of interest can be: improving listening, speaking, reading or writing skills; increasing vocabulary; and learning new job specific terms.

Classes are also available, as needed, to assist those preparing to take an English Language test for immigration or citizenship purposes.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program (L.I.N.C.)

L.I.N.C. is a program designed to assist newcomers to succeed in Canada. Their goal is to help you function and participate in all aspects of Canadian society and the economy. We practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The classroom is a safe place that helps students combat isolation, gain confidence, and get answers to any questions they might have about life in Canada. The LINC program is FREE.

For more information on these and other services provided by Cariboo Parners for Literacy contact:

  • In Williams Lake connect with Katya Potekhina, Settlement Services Worker to schedule an appointment cell: 250-267-9040 or email:
  • In One Hundred Mile House - connect with Kimberly Vance-Lunsbye, Immigrant Settlement Services Coordinator at

Other Resources for Newcomers

Welcome BC

If you are new to British Columbia, you can find information and supports for newcomers at www.welcomeBC. These services for immigrants and newcomers can help you become part of B.C. society and succeed in the B.C. job market


Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS)

The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) is an agency that provides settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees. The closest office is located in Prince George but their website has some great information.  For detailed information visit