The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program provides settlement support and services for immigrants, refugees and newcomers.  

After registering with our district, a settlement worker will contact newcomer families to help the student(s) and family adjust to school(s) and their new Richmond community. 

Our team helps newcomer families to build connections and provide support and guidance to independently access services and resources in Richmond, such as:

  • School system and education
  • English Language Learner (ELL) support
  • Canadian citizenship
  • Housing and accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Heath services and wellbeing
  • Financial services
  • Legal supports and services
  • Language training (e.g. LINC*) LINC Flyer - English  简体中文
  • Employment
  • Early childhood education, childcare and youth services
  • Parks and recreation
  • Settlement counselling
  • Support groups
  • Conversation circles for adults and youth

Our team of settlement workers provide services in a variety of ways:

  • One-to-one and family orientations
  • Online and in-person information workshops
  • Referrals and connections to community resources
  • Community connection activities and experiences

Our youth SWIS team works directly with secondary newcomer youth to help them transition successfully to their new setting by: 

  • Providing opportunities and safe spaces for youth to participate in activities and develop social connections during and after school. 
  • Supporting youth in developing confidence, personal and leadership skills to achieve their educational and employment goals.
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Settlement services are provided in the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, French, Punjabi, Portuguese, Japanese, Tagalog, Spanish and Greek.


Phone: 604-668-6596