Vernon and District Immigrant

and Community Services Society

Helping Newcomers, Immigrants, Refugees and Naturalized Citizens since 1989



Help with familiarizing and adapting to Canadian culture and new surroundings.


English Class

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.



WorkBC Employment Services


Community Connections

Volunteer based services offering group classes and one-to-one tutoring.


Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW)

Please call for available services



For the children of clients accessing services. If required, please ask about this service when making an appointment.



Since 1989,

VDICSS has offered many services for newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and naturalised citizens, helping with settlement and integration into Vernon.


VDICSS's staff provide information on the process of accreditation of diplomas and degrees, coaching for certificates and licenses as well as translation and interpretation.


Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, Community Connections tutoring and Conversation groups and Employment Service programs are available.



A vibrant community that welcomes our clients and provides excellent opportunities for them to contribute to a society in a way that appreciates the value of cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • We believe that everybody can make a unique and positive contribution to our society
  • We recognize that participation is a two-way street in which our clients and the wider community gain the most through positive and frequent exchanges
  • We will partner with other organizations which share our values in order to broaden our network, share capacities, and create greater opportunities for clients
  • We will provide excellent service to our clients
  • We will be ethical and honest
  • We will be socially and environmentally responsible
  • We will be respectful of culture and ethnicity
  • Objectives

  • To assist in orientation and settlement of Immigrants and Newcomers to Canada.
  • To recognize and provide unmet needs of Immigrants in the Community.
  • To encourage an attitude in the community of cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • To encourage and assist Immigrants to participate in Canadian Society.
  • To provide a reception and information center for social, cultural and educational interactions.
  • To assist in employment readiness through access of existing programs and creation of new programs.
  • To encourage and help them obtain Canadian Citizenship.
  • To refer Newcomers and Canadian Citizens to other community organizations and agencies.


    "Vernon and District Immigrant services society is a great organization for the newcomers to Canada in Vernon. They help people in different kinds of things if you are new to Canada in Vernon I recommend you to come. I can say you can get almost any kinds of information and help."

    Tes Woldeab via Facebook

    "VDICSS is an organization that has proven its worth over the years. The help they give immigrants is key, especially with the language. I see the worthwhile efforts and benefits gained by people in the community and that’s what makes me want to stay involved."

    Graham Lloyd via Vernon Morning Star/Respect Network

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