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New to Canada? YMCA Connections helps new immigrants make Canada home

Moving to a new country is a big step, and there is a lot to learn about living in Canada. It can be difficult to meet people and find the basic information you need. At the YMCA, we provide access to the people, programs and facilities to help you learn, thrive, make friends and have fun in your new community. YMCA Connections provides newcomers to Canada with a welcoming and inclusive community – a place of support where you can build communication skills and make the connections you need to succeed.

Our FREE programs are offered to permanent residents in Canada. Programs are offered in three communities; Vancouver, Burnaby and Chilliwack.


English Conversation Clubs

Build your English skills, meet new friends and learn more about life in Canada.  Trained volunteer facilitators, who were either born in Canada or are long-time residents, lead small group discussions. The English Conversation Club is a drop-in class.

To take part in the English Conversation Club, participants may drop in to the Conversation Club they are interested in joining, but must bring their PR card. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/ymca-connections  or call 604-685-8066.


Social and Educational Events

Fun events of three to five hours offered monthly for immigrant individuals and families.  Learn about life in Vancouver while enjoying social and recreational events with other newcomers and long-term Canadian residents.


Canadian Fitness Connection Courses

Course includes recreation and fitness activities, followed by a workshop on life and work in Canada. Learn how to stay fit and healthy while practicing English, meeting new friends and exploring Canadian life and culture.  Participants receive a three-month YMCA membership.  This course is FREE but you must register.  Twelve weeks of three-hour classes are offered:


Citizenship Preparation and Participation Courses

Get support with the Discover Canada Study Guide and Citizenship Test preparation.  Participants will explore the multiple ways they can be active Canadian citizens.  Ten weeks of three hour classes are offered.


Volunteer Information

An important part of the integration process for new immigrants is getting to know Canadian-born and long-term residents.  Please e-mail or call if you are interested in volunteering with us.

E-mail connections@gv.ymca.ca or call 604-685-8066


Activity Locations

Robert Lee YMCA – 955 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Langara Family YMCA – 282 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver West Side Location – TBA
Brentwood Community Resource Centre – 2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. (5 minute walk from the Brentwood Skytrain Station.  Southwest corner of Lougheed Highway and Rosser Avenue).
Chilliwack Family YMCA – 45844 Hocking Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C.
Chilliwack Neighbourhood Learning Centre – 46361 Yale Road, Chilliwack, B.C.


For more information, about Connections Programs at the Robert Lee YMCA, please contact 604-685-8066 or e-mail connections at gv.ymca.ca.


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