Citizenship & Newcomers

Welcome to West Vancouver! Here are some resources that can help you prepare for the citizenship exam or help you get settled in your new community.

See also: Newcomers

On the Shelf

Citizenship -- Canada

Guides to becoming a Canadian citizen.

Immigrants -- Canada

What it means to be a newcomer.

On the Web

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Services Agencies of BC

AMSSA is a province wide association representing 70+ agencies serving new immigrants. Resources include a guide to health programs and resources that provide services in one or more languages other than English.

B.C. Newcomers’ Guide

The Newcomers' Guide tells you how to get a Social Insurance Number (SIN), register for the Medical Services Plan (MSP), open a bank account, get a driver's license, find housing, look for a job and much more!

Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship

This is the only official study guide for the Canadian citizenship test.

Discover Canada Study Guide [pdf] 

How much do you know about your Government? Answers compiled by West Vancouver Memorial Library (based on West Vancouver residence) to the questions on pages 34-35.

Other Study Questions Answers compiled by West Vancouver Memorial Library to the questions on page 53.

Click on the link below to go to the Government of Canada page where you can also read the study guide online, listen to notable Canadians read it, download it as an ebook, or order a copy.

Library Champions Project

The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants. During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants. Four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation and outreach skills and on the range of programs, services, and resources that are available in libraries and out in the community. After the training, Library Champions develop a three-month outreach plan that is doable and fits their schedule. The outreach plans include sharing information with friends, family, colleagues and individual community members, giving group presentations, speaking with community agencies, and using social media. 

To register for an information session about becoming a 2019 West Vancouver Library Champion, click on the poster below or visit the Information Desk:  

NewToBC - The Library Link for Newcomers

Newcomers should visit this site to learn more about the services and programs public libraries offer recent immigrants.

North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership

A coalition of community agencies and institutions focused on improving the settlement outcomes of new immigrants.

Practice Citizenship Test - Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library has created a practice test consisting of over 100 multiple choice questions (with answers) derived from the book Discover Canada, on which the test is based. 

Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre

New to Canada? Find out how to get accredited in your field. Check out the Employment Guides for detailed information by occupation.

West Vancouver Newcomers Club

The West Vancouver Newcomers' Club is an organization women of all ages and from all walks of life who have moved to West Vancouver within the last two years.