Questions frequently asked by immigrants to Langley
Settling in a new country and a new city is not easy. Here are some questions that are often asked by new immigrants. Click on the down arrows to see the answers. If you have questions you think we can answer, please send to us using our contact us page.
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Where do we go to register our children for school?
School District 35 provides Kindergarten to Grade 12 education to Langley residents. The school your child will be assigned to is based on where you live in Langley. To learn more about the Langley School District and how to register, go to: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/students-parents/new-students/
We arrived in Langley after school started, can my child start school?
It may be possible, but there are few things the School District needs to consider, such as the specific needs of your child, or whether the school has space for your child. Call the School District to arrange an assessment of your child’s school records as soon as you arrive. Call: 604-534-7891
What programs does the School District have for students who just arrived to Canada and who are struggling with the language?
The Langley libraries are part of the Fraser Valley regional Library system. You will find libraries in Langley here: City of Langley and the Township of Langley. You can also find a list of all libraries in the Lower Mainland here: NewToBC.
Where can I find a family doctor in Langley?
The Langley Division of Family Practice helps to connect Langley residents with the healthcare they need. The Division of Practice also has resources and information on walk-in clinics and practices, wait times and other community health resources.
Where can I find a family doctor that speaks my language?
There are several Employment Services available to help newcomers. These services include career planning, job search tips, resume writing support, mentoring, internships, and more. You can find a detailed list of immigrant employment services in Langley using the NewToBC services inventory.
Also, newcomers living anywhere in the Lower Mainland can access the Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre. This centre provides immigrants the information they need to explore careers and begin their job search. The InfoCentre is based out of the Vancouver Public Library and offers free in-person and online help.
You can learn about the different types of childcare available, find a childcare provider, and apply for funding through this Government of British Columbia website.
Where do I go if I need financial assistance?
There are many different types of financial assistance available in British Columbia and Canada. Typically government financial assistance programs have defined eligibility criteria specific to the type of assistance you are seeking:
Income Assistance – If you are in need of day to day financial support and have no other resources, you may be eligible for provincial income assistance.
Unemployment – If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for Federal Employment Insurance.
Rental Assistance – The BC Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income, working families with financial support to help with their monthly rent payments.
Disability Benefits – Persons with Disability (PWD) benefits in BC are for people who have a disability that prevents them from working.
Education – Student Aid BC can help with the cost of post-secondary education through student loans, grants, and scholarships.
Where can I find counselling and mental health supports for my children or teenagers?
There are a range of free mental health assessment and treatment options for children and youth (0-18 years of age) and their families. The Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) team clinics are staffed by mental health clinicians, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Where can I find a support group for parents with Special Needs children?
You can find a variety of support groups for parents with Special Needs Children.
The BC Children’s Hospital has compiled a list of support groups for parents based on the needs of their child.
Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society offers Parent Networking Groups. Support Meetings are hosted by parents of children with Down Syndrome and are designed to provide a welcoming, open environment to discuss experiences, challenges, concerns, and celebrations.
The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) provides information and support to families with children with developmental disabilities. Family support workers assist you to learn about and access services available at DDA and in the community.
Inclusion BC provides information and support to those with intellectual disabilities providing advocacy, education and support where and when it’s needed.
OptionsBC offers one-on-one support for children and youth (ages 18 and under), living in Surrey or Langley, with developmental and/or physical disabilities and/or autism.
Where do I go in Langley to get a Driver’s Licence?
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is the only agency that issues drivers’ licenses, vehicle registration and automobile insurance. Details on how to prepare for and take your road test and obtain your license can be found on their website: https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Pages/default.aspx . ICBC offers interpreter services at select driver licensing locations.
Where can I take some driving lessons with somebody that speaks my language?
Where can I find a bank that has connections with my country so I can send or/and receive money?
There are five major banks in Canada that provide banking services to Canadians. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, The Bank of Montreal (BMO), and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Most branches will provide services that allow you to send and / or receive money from your home country. There are also many smaller banks and credit unions in Canada. It is important to ask them about their services to find out if they can help you with banking or any financial transactions in your home country.
Where can I learn about sports or other activities for my kids?
The City of Langley and the Township of Langley have many recreation programs for kids. Visit these websites to learn about these programs:
You can also find many sports teams and leagues for kids, such as soccer, or baseball, that are organized by community members and volunteers. Try a quick Google search of that activity in Langley, BC.
Where can I learn about sports or other activities for adults?
The City of Langley and the Township of Langley have many recreation programs for adults. Visit these web pages to learn about these programs:
Where can I find affordable household goods and furniture?
You can find affordable household goods and furniture in a variety of places.
The Salvation Army Thrift Store sells gently-used clothing, housewares, and other items donated by the public as well as new products donated by local businesses. The Langley store is located at 19733 96th Avenue.
Many people will join Facebook Groups to buy or sell household goods and furniture. If you search “Buy & Sell Langley” on Facebook, you will be able to join a group near you.
Another online site that many people use to buy and sell household goods and furniture is Craigslist. Search Craigslist Surrey / Delta / Langley to find items in Langley and the surrounding communities.
IKEA, locations in Coquitlam and Richmond, sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories.
Walmart is known for selling household goods, and some furniture, at a low cost.
More stores selling household goods and furniture can be found on Yellow Pages.
Where can I find affordable groceries?
There are many affordable grocery stores located in Langley and the Township of Langley.