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

We want to help you succeed in your new home. YMCA Connections helps you:

  • Learn about life and work in Canada.
  • Practice English and communications skills.
  • Make new immigrant and Canadian-born friends.

Our FREE programs are for Permanent Residents. We have a variety of programs in Vancouver, Burnaby and Chilliwack. Please contact us for details as all programs do not operate at every location.


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.

    Vancouver: Robert Lee YMCA
    Tuesday 10:00 am to 11:30 am OR Thursday 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Burnaby: Brentwood Community Resource Centre
    Wednesday 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

To join, you can drop-in, but you must bring your 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.

    Vancouver: Robert Lee YMCA
    Burnaby: Brentwood Community Resource Centre

    To learn more about upcoming social and educational events in Vancouver, participants must register at www.meetup.com/ymca-connections or call 604-685-8066.

    Chilliwack: Chilliwack Neighbourhood Learning Centre

    To learn more about upcoming social and educational events in Chilliwack, participants must register at www.meetup.com/ymca-connections. Contact Tara Cummings at 604-316-3576 or email tara.cummings@gv.ymca.ca, or call 604-685-8066.


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:


    Vancouver: Robert Lee YMCA
    Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting April 11, 2015
      Langara Family YMCA
    Thursday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm starting January 15, 2015

    To register in Vancouver, submit a completed application ( download: PDF ) to connections@gv.ymca.ca  or call 604-685-8066 as soon as possible (space is limited).

    Chilliwack: Chilliwack: Chilliwack Family YMCA / Chilliwack Neighbourhood Learning Centre
    Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting January 10, 2015

    To register in Chilliwack, submit a completed application ( download: PDF ) to tara.cummings@gv.ymca.ca or contact Tara Cummings at 604-316-3576 or or call 604-685-8066 as soon as possible (space is limited).


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.

    Vancouver: Robert Lee YMCA
    Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00pm starting January 10, 2015
      UBC Old Barn Community Centre
    Tuesday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm starting January 13, 2015
    Burnaby:

    Brentwood Community Resource Centre
    Saturday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting April 11, 2015

    To register in Vancouver & Burnaby, submit a completed application ( download: PDF ) to connections@gv.ymca.ca  or call 604-685-8066 as soon as possible (space is limited).

    Chilliwack: Chilliwack Family YMCA / Chilliwack Neighbourhood Learning Centre
    Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. starting September 19, 2015

    To register in Chilliwack, submit a completed application ( download: PDF )
    to tara.cummings@gv.ymca.ca or contact Tara Cummings at 604-316-3576,
    or call 604-316-3576 as soon as possible (space is limited).


Resources & Strategies for Staying Healthy in Canada Workshop

A FREE interactive one day workshop for Permanent Residents.  Lunch provided.  Learn about INEXPENSIVE or FREE ways to:

  • stay fit
  • eat & sleep well
  • cope with stress
  • connect to others
Vancouver: Robert Lee YMCA 
Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Select date: January 24 or February 21 or March 21, 2015

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.

UBC Old Barn Community Centre – The University of British Columbia, 6308 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver, BC

Langara Family YMCA – 282 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

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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