Currently Arrival Advisor is only available in B.C. 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 if you are interested in partnering to help us expand to other regions!
We are currently funded by Google.org Canada in partnership with LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact and the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, as well as by donations from individuals like you. Please note that users’ information is never sold nor shared with funders.
We received funding from Google.org Canada when our project won the Google.org Impact Challenge Canada in 2017. Learn more about our participation in the Impact Challenge . If you would like to contribute to this project, please visit
Arrival Advisor does not collect or share any personally identifiable data with third parties. We do collect data to understand how users are using the app, check for bugs and crashes, and learn how we can continue to improve the features and content. This data does not tell us who you are, and we respect your privacy. Learn more by reading our
The topics provided by Arrival Advisor currently all come from the , 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, . The Newcomers’ Guide is updated every two years and Arrival Advisor is currently using the 2017 edition. We will be updating the Arrival Advisor app as new editions become available. The PeaceGeeks team would also like to expand the Arrival Advisor app content with more resources and information for newcomers. If you have a resource you would like to share,
Currently the information in Arrival Advisor is written for people who have just arrived in British Columbia, 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,
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:
No, all the information provided by Arrival Advisor is publicly available. We are committed to keeping Arrival Advisor free, anonymous, and easy-to-use.
No, not at all! You can answer just one or as many of the questions as you like in order to get customized recommendations. Feel free to skip any question. 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.
You can always return to the questionnaire from the Home page. Once you open the questionnaire, 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.
Unfortunately there isn’t a website version of Arrival Advisor right now, but we aim to release one in the future. Stay tuned on our blog or by following PeaceGeeks on social media.
The starred topics are recommended for the user based on their 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.
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