British Columbia: The Gateway to Canada’s Natural Beauty
British Columbia, the third-largest province in Canada, is located in the westernmost part of the country and is home to over one million newcomers. Renowned for its natural beauty, British Columbia is home to 40 provincial parks and six national parks. The province is known for its milder weather patterns, providing four distinct seasons without the extreme frigid temperatures found in other Canadian provinces and territories.
Newcomers to British Columbia can find essential information on landing and settling in the province. The province has one of the country’s largest housing markets, and the average rent for a one-bedroom and two-bedroom housing unit in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna can be accessed using the latest National Rent Report by rentals.ca.
The province also offers various commuting options, including public transportation such as buses, the SkyTrain, and the SeaBus. Newcomers can also use their home country-issued driver’s license for the first 90 days before obtaining a British Columbia driver’s license.
When it comes to employment, British Columbia offers diverse economic sectors, including natural resources, technology and innovation, film and television production, tourism and hospitality, agriculture and food production, manufacturing, and construction and real estate. The province is also known for its public healthcare system and outstanding public education system.
Newcomer services in British Columbia include employment help, language training, daycare, community and cultural events, legal assistance, and more. The British Columbia Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) program manages settlement services in the province. For more information on the BCSIS and to find settlement services available across British Columbia, visit the provincial government page.
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