Welcome to St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Vancouver – British Columbia
If you will land in Vancouver soon and/or you already landed and need any help, please feel free to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will try our best to help you.
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Pray for our service.
Overview on Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley different cities:
Greater Vancouver: includes Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Pit Meadows, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Fraser Valley: includes Surrey, Langley, Fort Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock.
Approximate distance from some cities to the St. George church
1. From Vancouver: 35 minutes
2. From Burnaby: 15 minutes
3. From New Westminster: 10 minutes
4. From: Coquitlam: : 15 minutes
5. From Richmond: 30 minutes
Our congregation is spread among all these cities mentioned above. However if you are looking to live close to the church, then you may select to live in Surrey.
Average January temperature: 3ºC / 37ºF
February average high: 7ºC / 45ºF
March average high: 10ºC / 50ºF
April daily high: 14ºC (57ºF)
Average May: 17ºC / 64ºF
June daily high: 19ºC / 67ºF
July average high: 23ºC / 74ºF
August average high: 23°C / 74°F
Average September temperature: 14.4ºC / 58ºF
Average October temperature: 10ºC / 50º
Average November temperature: 7ºC / 45ºF
Average December temperature: 3ºC / 37ºF
Average rent by city:
In BC and in generally in Canada, there are three types of properties which are Houses, Townhouses and Apartment. Although the average monthly rent will differ from one city to the other, but also will differ based on the type of property you rent.
The average monthly rent would from $700 to $2,000. In all cases it is important to select a rented property that is close to public transit.
Transit system and fares:
Transit in Vancouver is very convenient, so you can take Bus, Skytrain (like metro), Sea bus and West Coast express (train).
The following link will help you regarding schedules and fares;
Please pay attention to the difference between day pass and the monthly pass that is good for a month and can be bought from 7 eleven, London drugs, Save on Foods, Safeway … etc)
The provincial corporation responsible for driver licensing is called “The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia” or ICBC.
Normally you can drive in the first few months with your license (presumably issued from Egypt), but you have to arrange for the new BC driver license.
There are three types of driver licenses here (Learner’s stage L, The Novice stage N and class 5). With L and N you can drive with restrictions, but with Class 5 you can drive without restrictions, but subject to the general rules. In all cases you should take both a knowledge test (by computer) and the Road test. You can obtain the required manual from the ICBC driver licensing office. This link will help you to get more in-depth information about ICBC http://www.icbc.com/home
Social Insurance Number (SIN):
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.
The SIN is required for a newcomer to Canada or a temporary resident, Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN.
Parents and legal guardians can also apply for a SIN for children under the age of majority of their province.
Where to apply for SIN
In New Westminster: 100 – 624 Agnes Street
Burnaby: 4279 Canada Way
Surrey: 109 – 12414 82nd Ave
Vancouver: 28 West Pender Street and 757 Hastings Street West
You need to show original document for new comers the main document is Permanent Resident Card (PR)
Medical Service Plan (MSP):
MSP insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.
How to Enrol
Under the Medicare Protection Act, enrolment with the Medical Services Plan (MSP) is mandatory for all eligible residents and their dependents.
If you are applying for a self-administered MSP account, you must complete and submit an Application for Enrolment form.
MSP insurance coverage is not free in BC. If you have a job, MSP premiums may be paid by your employer. If you do not have employer coverage, you must pay a monthly fee (premium). The costs per month are:
In B.C., premiums are payable for MSP coverage and are based on family size and income.
Monthly Premium Rates
Effective January 1, 2015
Please note that: New residents in B.C. are eligible for coverage after completing a waiting period that normally consists of the balance of the month of arrival plus two months.
How to apply: please follow this link to fill the application:
PharmaCare Prescription Drug Program:
As soon as you get your CareCard, you should register for prescription drug insurance with PharmaCare. It is a B.C. government program. It may pay some of the cost for prescription drugs you buy in B.C. You have to be a permanent resident of B.C. and already have MSP coverage. Fair PharmaCare is for all B.C. families. The lower your income, the more help you will get to pay for prescription drugs.
For detailed information, and to enrol in Fair Pharmacare, visit the Ministry of Health Fair Pharmacare website.
B C Housing:
BC Housing’s role is to assist British Columbians in greatest need of affordable and appropriate housing by providing options
BC Housing serves Low-income families through rental assistance programs in the private rental housing market, where most already live.
A family is defined as a minimum of two people, including one dependent child. Families are eligible to apply for cash assistance in the private market or subsidized housing, which is rent geared to income.
Rental Assistance Program
The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income, working families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments.
To qualify, families must have a gross household income of $35,000 or less, have at least one dependent child, and have been employed at some point over the last year.
How to Apply for Subsidized Housing
Follow the links below to get step-by-step directions for applying to subsidized housing:
Child Care Subsidy
The Province of British Columbia is committed to helping families obtain affordable, accessible, safe, quality child care. Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment to assist eligible British Columbia families with the cost of child care.
Monthly subsidy payments vary depending on your family’s circumstances. Your eligibility will be determined when your application and all supporting documents are received by the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre. You may be eligible to receive full or partial subsidy based on your family’s circumstances.
In this section, you will find information on eligibility and how to apply, as well as information on rates and payments and the renewal process. There is also additional information available for Child Care Providers as well as a detailed FAQ for parents.
Child Care Subsidy Rate Table Effective April 1, 2012http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/pdfs/subsidy_rate_table.pdf
Child Care Programs Map
Child Care Resource & Referral
How to Claim Child Care Subsidy
Most of our congregation works in almost all kind of jobs. For example we have doctors, pharmacists, engineers, realtors, accountants and sales representatives.
You can now go to the links that would help you to navigate the job market. Feel free to send your resume to (email@example.com) and we will forward it to the respective person to fine tune it and also send you important tips that helps you in your job search and career advancement.
Service Canada Centre Vancouver – Local Employment Services
Service Canada Centre Vancouver (Sinclair Centre and East 10th Avenue Offices) offer a number of programs and services though various service providers to help the unemployed in Vancouver with all aspects of their search for work.
Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia:
IEC-BC is here to help employers tap into the vast pool of immigrant talent.
The Skills Connect for Immigrants Program is funded by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development through WelcomeBC, and jointly offered by Back in Motion and MOSAIC in the Lower Mainland, and with ISSofBC in Surrey.
Skills Connect aims to help skilled immigrants move more quickly into jobs that match their experience and background. We provide specialized assistance to immigrants by helping them to prepare for and obtain employment in every sector of the B.C. economy including transportation, construction, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare.
Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
8161 Main Street, #200, Vancouver, B.C…..604 324-7733 – Immigrants and Newcomers
School / District Contacts – Map
Vancouver School District No. 39
Burnaby School District No. 41
New Westminster School District No. 40
Richmond School District No. 38
Delta School District No. 37
Surrey School District No. 36
Langley School District No. 35
Coquitlam School District No. 43
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District No. 42
North Vancouver School District No. 44
West Vancouver School District No. 05
Abbotsford School District No. 34
Chilliwack School District No. 33
Mission School District No. 75
Fraser-Cascade (Hope) School District No. 78
French Immersion Program – K-12
It is the policy of the Ministry to support the establishment of French Immersion programs within the public school system.
French Immersion programs parallel the regular English program in structure and content.
The major goal of French Immersion is to provide the opportunity for non-francophone students to become bilingual in English and French.
Bilingualism is achieved by providing instruction of the basic curriculum entirely in French during the first years.
Once a firm base in French has been established, instruction in English language arts is added, and instruction in the English language gradually increases.
Students continue to receive instruction in certain subjects in French so that by the end of Grade 12 proficiency is achieved in both languages.
These programs are differentiated according to point of entry and are as follows:
Therefore, if a school district offers Early French Immersion, it must be available at the Kindergarten level. Ideally, students enter in Kindergarten, but they may enter in Grade 1 if space is available.
Entry to the program at other than the normal entry points should be considered only if there is adequate space and if the student is adequately proficient in French. Adequate proficiency is defined as sufficient language skill to permit the student to be able to comprehend instruction in the subjects taught in French, assuming a period of 4 to 8 weeks of adjustment to the program.
Conseil Scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF)
More than 4,600 students are currently registered in the 36 CSF’s schools across the province. Click the link above to learn more about the school nearest you and who to contact for more information.
Ecoles francophones du CSF – Emplacements:
الجمعية الكندية لعلوم المختبرات الطبية
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