Arrival Advisor is offered in English, Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French (Canadian), Korean, Punjabi, and Tagalog. Arrival Advisor in Manitoba is available in English and French. Contact us to request other languages.
What region is Arrival Advisor available in?
Currently Arrival Advisor is available in B.C. and Manitoba. While we have information that pertains to all Canadian newcomers, most of the information is province-specific. We are looking to scale to other regions in Canada, as well as other settlement countries. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering to help us expand to other regions!
Information for newcomers:
Where does Arrival Advisor get its information?
The topics provided by Arrival Advisor B.C. come from the Newcomers’ Guide to British Columbia, a resource made possible thanks to the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. The B.C. Newcomers’ Guide provides newcomers and their families the information they need to settle in B.C. quickly and easily. You can view the PDF version of the Newcomers’ Guide, available in 15 languages, here.
The services in Arrival Advisor B.C. come from B.C. 211.
The topics in Arrival Advisor Manitoba come from the Winnipeg Introduction for Newcomers Workbook and Fact Sheets from Manitoba Start.
Is Arrival Advisor for people who haven’t moved to Canada yet?
Currently the information in Arrival Advisor is written for people who have just arrived in British Columbia or Manitoba, but people who have not yet moved here may find our information useful to prepare for their arrival. We hope to continue expanding the information available on Arrival Advisor to include pre-arrival information and services. If you have a pre-arrival resource you would like to share, contact us.
Can Arrival Advisor get me a job?
While Arrival Advisor provides some information and services that can help you learn about getting a job, we aren’t employment specialists. We advise that you contact WorkBC to access employment services, jobs, education, and career information for newcomers to British Columbia. If you’re in Manitoba, contact Manitoba Start.
Can Arrival Advisor give me advice for immigrating to Canada?
While Arrival Advisor provides general information about settling in B.C. and Manitoba, it does not provide advice on the immigration application process. Our team is also unable to answer questions about how to immigrate to Canada. People interested to learn more about immigrating to Canada can learn more here.
I can’t find the information I need in Arrival Advisor. What should I do?
Let us know! We are always looking to expand the information available in Arrival Advisor to make it more useful for immigrants and refugees like you. Contact us here.
Where can I find local workshops and events for newcomers?
Arrival Advisor does not provide event listings for newcomers, but lots of settlement organizations do. We recommend contacting a service organization through the app, which you can do through the Help menu. We also recommend checking out the websites of your Local Immigration Partnerships. Here are the ones from Metro Vancouver:
How can I get my organization or service listed in Arrival Advisor?
In BC, the services listed on Arrival Advisor come frombc211.You can read bc211’s Inclusion Policy to see what organizations and services are listed. If you believe that your organization or service fits the inclusion criteria, you can email email@example.com so the bc211 team can review your organization or service. You can also visit http://www.bc211.ca for more information.
In Manitoba, the services listed on Arrival Advisor come from Manitoba 211. Learn about adding your service to Manitoba 211 here.
Can our agency share our resources with Arrival Advisor?
No, all the information provided by Arrival Advisor is publicly available. We are committed to keeping Arrival Advisor free, anonymous, and easy-to-use.
Do I need to fill out the full questionnaire?
The questionnaire is designed to show you recommended topics based on your current situation. However, it is optional. You can always return to the questionnaire to answer more questions, change your answers, or remove your answers entirely. You can also view all the newcomer topics without answering any questions, on the Learn page.
I want to change an answer in my questionnaire. How can I do that?
You can always return to the questionnaire by clicking on the Home page.From there, you can click “Back to questionnaire” and you will be able to answer more questions, change your answers, or remove selected answers. You can also click “Delete all user data” in the Help menu to remove all your answers and reset your app entirely.
Is there a website version I can use if I don’t have a phone?
Unfortunately there isn’t a website version of Arrival Advisor right now, but we aim to release one in the future. Follow us at PeaceGeeks on social media for updates.
What is the difference between check marked and bookmarked topics?
The topics with the checkmark symbol are recommended for you based on your answers to the questionnaire, whereas bookmarked topics are the ones that are saved by the user. You can bookmark topics that have been recommended to you, as well as topics in general from the Learn page! By saving Bookmarks, you can build a plan of all the steps you plan to take on your newcomer journey.