IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The library’s Cambie and Ironwood locations will be closed Saturday September 30, Sunday October 1 and Monday October 2. The Steveston location is closed Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1. Please view our
Holiday Hours page for full details about library closures and hours of operation.
At the Library
Newcomer Programs & Events
Find programs and events for newcomers at the library.
Books and DVDs for English language learners.
Online Practice: Citizenship Test
Prepare for the Canadian citizenship test with RPL’s Online Practice Citizenship Test.
Full collection of RPL’s job search guides.
Online Practice: BC Driving Test
This RPL practice test helps you prepare for the BC Learners license application’s written test.
Inter-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space
A quiet area for prayer and reflection in the library.
Books and DVDs in 11 languages including French, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog and others.
Offers free counselling and support groups for adults, youth, children and families.
Free Resources for new arrivals to Richmond.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Offer programs and community connections for newcomer families in Richmond
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
Find Richmond community services directory here!
Committed to removing barriers for families accessing early childhood development programs. Host an early years refugee program
Give healthy and nutritionally-balanced food to more than 2200 people in a typical week.
Richmond Multicultural Community Services
Provide settlement services for immigrants and refugees.
Sign up your kids for school in Richmond!
Touchstone Family Association
Provide support and outreach to newcomers through parenting and family programs
BC Medical Services Plan – How to Apply
Individuals from Ukraine who have arrived through the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) can apply for MSP (Medical Services Plan) coverage.
ICBC Driver Licensing – Moving to BC from Outside Canada
How to get a BC driver’s license: information for newcomers.
WelcomeBC – Start Your Life in BC
All the necessary information that newcomers to BC need on their “first few days” of arrival.
WelcomeBC – Settlement Services for Temporary Residents
Comprehensive overview of BC’s settlement programs and services such as: help to find a job, make new friends, or learn English.
Offer specialized employment services to help newcomers reach their full employment potential
Dial or text 2-1-1 for support services for all of life’s challenges. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7 in over 150 languages.
BC CHARMS – BC’s Refugee Claimant Housing Referral System
Connects refugee claimants to timely legal services, housing opportunities, health & emergency resources, Wi-Fi & connectivity, and food & clothing in the province.
BC Housing works in partnership to develop a range of housing options.
The British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services has information to help you in your first few months living here.
BC Provincial Nominee Program
BC PNP offers a great opportunity for foreign workers, international students and entrepreneurs who are already in BC to become a permanent resident of Canada.
Provides users information about refugees that are arriving to British Columbia, the latest reports and publications, statistics and factsheets, and a resource centre with a variety of information.
BC School District Contacts Map
Contact information for public school districts and Independent School authorities in BC.
Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program
Helps you get jobs that match your experience and background.
Immigrant Services Society of BC
ISSofBC provides free immigrant services including settlement support, employment programs, English classes, and more.
MWC facilitates access to justice for migrant workers through the provision of legal education, advice and full representation.
A variety of settlement services to support permanent residents, international students, migrant workers, and refugees
NewToBC helps to connect newcomers with services in their community
Support and advocacy for LGBTQI+ refugees
Programs and services for individuals and families who are preparing for Canada, temporary residents, permanent residents, or who are already Canadian citizens.
Translated Resources – HealthLinkBC
Provides health resources in 8 languages most common to B.C. residents.
WorkBC helps people find jobs and explore career options.
Prepare before you arrive. Learn about free pre-arrival services.
Learn about important things to do after you arrive.
Find free newcomer services near you
Free services near you can help you look for a job, get a language assessment, register for language classes, find a place to live, sign up your kids for school, and learn about community services.
Housing for Newcomers to Canada
Offers information in 8 languages on renting and buying apartments and houses in Canada.
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides limited health care to protected persons, including resettled refugees; refugee claimants; and certain other groups.
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
(IRB) is responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law.
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
CCVT aids survivors in overcoming the lasting effects of torture and war.
The Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) gives government-assisted refugees immediate and essential supports for their most basic needs.
How to Pronounce Knife
Translated From the Gibberish
English Made Easy
Easy English Step-by-step for ESL Learners
Barron's IELTS Essential Words
Listening for IELTS
Intermediate English Grammar for ESL Learners
Leatherdale, Mary Beth
Hold on to your Music
A History of Eastern Europe
Voices From Chernobyl
The Future Is History