The Society of Punjabi Engineers and Technologists of BC (SPEATBC) This non-profit networking and service organization represents all engineering disciplines and all applied science technologists and technicians.
Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of BC (SITE BC) This independent non-profit society was founded in 2004 to represent the interests of British Columbia's Internationally Trained Engineering community (ITEs).
Iranian Engineers British Columbia Association is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political, independent organization which serves engineers with an Iranian background working or residing in British Columbia, Canada.
APEGBC Branches and Divisions and Events While some of these are restricted to members of APEGBC, others are open to non-members. These are excellent opportunities to learn about issues of importance in BC and to meet working engineers and geoscientists.
Measure Up This HRSD website tests your skills in Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) This federal website gives information on immigrating to Canada. You can also contact the CIC office located in your country. The list of Consulate and Visa Offices in other countries is on this site.
Provincial Nominee Program The BC PNP offers faster immigration for qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs who wish to settle in British Columbia (BC) and become permanent residents of Canada.
Immigrant-serving agencies help newcomers settle in Canada. Services are often free to immigrants and can include orientation to life in BC, ESL training, career planning and job-finding assistance, counseling, health education and more. Many government programs such as funding for training and wage subsidies are also offered through immigrant-serving agencies. Each organization offers its own mix of services.
The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) The AMSSA website provides links to 85 immigrant serving agencies in 25 communities. You can click on the region of BC that you live in, or will be moving to, and see which immigrant serving agencies exist in that region. Contact information for each agency is provided for you to learn more about services available to you.
Some of the well-known immigrant-serving agencies are:
Human Resource and Social Development Canada This federal website provides career development tools and links and information on numerous federal government programs.
International Qualifications Program This provincial program provides leadership and support to employers, regulatory bodies, professional and trade associations, unions, post-secondary institutions, and community service agencies. The International Qualifications Program has three core service activities: Capacity Building, Information Services and Networking.
Ministry of Advanced Education This provincial Ministry creates and develops educational, professional and economic opportunities for BC's adults, by providing and supporting a wide range of post-secondary programs and encouraging relationships between educational institutions, business and industry. Information and references are available for post secondary institutions, student financial assistance, and industry training and apprenticeship on their website.
Vancouver Community College's "Communication for Engineering and Technology " The emphasis of the course is on improving speaking and listening skills while expanding the vocabulary, socio-cultural competency and knowledge of the Canadian engineering and technology field.