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Moving to or Around BC

There are many wonderful places to live in British Columbia. Whether you’re changing locations within the province or moving here from elsewhere, there are many things to consider from changing your address and education to health services, housing and transportation and recreation. This page will direct you to the resources and information you need.

Community, Recreation and Tourism

BC Geographic Names Search British Columbia's place names to discover British Columbia's natural and cultural heritage.
BC Housing  BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those in greatest need.
BC Libraries Information and links provided by public libraries throughout British Columbia
BikeBC - Cycling Information for BC Cyclists Links and information for cyclists to enhance cycling as an option for people to commute, run errands or spend their leisure time.
Cycling BC's Trans Canada Trail Information and maps to guide you through some of the province's most stunning landscapes as you explore BC's Trans Canada Trail.
George Massey Tunnel Bicycle Shuttle Schedule Information about the free shuttle service for bicycles and their riders through the George Massey Tunnel between April and October.
Immigrating to British Columbia Information on immigrating to B.C.
Kidsport Kidsport is a community-based sport funding program that provides grants for children aged 6 – 18 to participate in a sport season of their choice
Newcomer's Guide to Canadian HousingFederal Government Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) guide to help you find a comfortable place to live in a friendly neighbourhood.
Provincial Emergency Program Information on emergency preparedness and management
Provincial Nominee Program The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers accelerated immigration for qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs who wish to settle in British Columbia and become permanent residents of Canada.
Recreation Sites and Trails Information about the more than 1,200 recreation sites and 600 trails located on Crown land throughout British Columbia.
Recycling in British Columbia In British Columbia, Industry-led Product Stewardship is a government strategy to place the responsibility for end of life product management on the producer and consumers of a product and not the general taxpayer or local government.
Reserve a BC Parks Campground Use this website to make an online reservation.
Safe Communities The Be Safe guide forms part of a series of booklets published for inclusion in British
Columbia's Safe Communities Kit. The Safe Communities Kit was developed to assist
communities and individuals in preventing crime and enhancing safety across British
Columbia.
Sport BC Sport BC provides a wide range of services aimed at benefiting amateur sport participants.
Tourist Information Information on planning a visit to British Columbia
Traveller Information Check road conditions in B.C.

 

Doing Business in B.C.

BizPal BizPaL is an online tool that based on your business activity generates a personalized list of permits and licences required from three levels of government - local, provincial and federal - to start up your
business.
OneStop Business RegistrationFederal Government
The OneStop Business Registry offers you the most commonly required business registrations and transactions all in one place. OneStop services enable you to enter your business information once and have it seamlessly transferred to other participating agencies in local, provincial and federal governments..

 

Education and Training

Child Care Search Parents can search for licensed child care facilities by city, by postal code and by licence category using the new Child Care Search tool.
Education Programs and Services for Parents Links to Parent Programs and Services
   
Independent Schools Independent schools offer parents alternatives to a public school education. 
Open School Provides quality educational resources and services for: parents, students, the public sector, including K-12 and adult education.
Public Post Secondary Institutions of B.C.  British Columbia offers a wide range of post-secondary options so students in this province can have the best possible education – with more choices and more access, closer to home.
School and District Contacts Obtain school and district contact information
StudentAid BC  StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs

 

Employment and Labour Standards

Employers' Advisor Office Employers' Advisers provide independent advice, assistance, representation and training to employers, potential employers and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues. 
Employment Standards Information British Columbia Employment Standards
Employment Standards Information - Pregnancy Leave This section explains a pregnant employee’s entitlement to unpaid leave and the length of the leave permitted. 
Employment Standards Tribunal The role of the Employment Standards Tribunal is to hear employment standards appeals and applications for reconsideration filed with the tribunal. 

 

Health Services

BC Pharmacare BC PharmaCare helps British Columbians with the cost of eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies.
British Columbia Health Authorities B.C.'s health authorities are committed to building a high-quality, patient-centred and sustainable health care system.  Obtain Hospital address lists and Health Authoritites area maps
Find a Physician The Physician Directory provides information about individual physicians, including contact information and qualifications, and whether or not they are accepting new patients (family physicians only).  
Health Authorities The Ministry of Health works together with BC’s health authorities to provide quality, appropriate and timely health services to British Columbians.
Health Insurance B.C. Health Insurance BC administers the Medical Services Plan (MSP) and PharmaCare programs on behalf of the B.C. government. 
Health Toll-free Information Lines List of health toll-free information lines
HealthLink BC Health information at your fingertips with just a phone call or a click away with HealthLink BC.
Medical Services Plan Information on the Medical Services Plan
Pharmacare Registration Status To inquire about the status of your Fair PharmaCare registration, enter your registration number.
Register for Pharmacare BC PharmaCare helps British Columbians with the cost of eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies.

 

Land and Property

BC Assessment Information BC Assessment establishes and maintains uniform real property assessments throughout British Columiba in accordance with the Assessment Act.
BC Hydro Obtain services, move your services, and update/cancel services.
BC Safety Authority When making home improvements, you want to protect the safety of your home and your family. The Homeowners section of our website gives you information about electrical and gas permits, how to find licensed electrical and gas contractors, what to look for in a contractor, and more. 
Canada Mortgage and Housing CorporationFederal Government CMHC helps Canadians meet their housing needs. CMHC provides mortgage loan insurance that enables you to buy a home sooner. 
Home Owner Grants The purpose of the home owner grant is to help reduce the amount of residential property tax British Columbians pay. The home owner grant applies to taxes paid by British Columbians to their municipality or to the Surveyor of Taxes for rural areas.
Homeowner Protection Office The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) provides basic consumer protection legislation and regulatory improvements within the residential construction sector for the main purpose of strengthening consumer protection for buyers of new homes, helping bring about improvements to the quality of residential, construction, and supporting research and education respecting residential construction in British Columbia.
Housing Programs and Financial AssistanceFederal Government Financial assistance takes the form of forgivable loans or non-repayable contributions, and can be used to fund repairs, renovations, accessibility modifications, the creation of low-income rental units, and home adaptations. Programs are available for low-income households, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
Property Taxes Information about the various Property Tax Programs run by the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.
Registry of Licensed Residential Builders If you are looking for a particular builder, you can search by HPO licence number, company name, or primary contact name. To see who is licensed in your area, enter your location and search for residential builders, building envelope renovators or both. 
Residential Builder Becoming a Licensed Residential Builder; Renewing a Residential License Builder; Suspension or Cancellation of a Residential Builder License
Rural Property Taxes Information on rural property taxes

 

Licence and Registration

Driver Licence Service Information on obtaining a Driver's Licence

 

Other

Address Change If you are moving within British Columbia, you can use this website to electronically send change of address information for the Medical Services Plan, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) for your BC Driver's Licence and BC Registry Services to change the address of your business.
B.C. Facts Interesting facts about British Columbia
Canada PostFederal Government Forwarding your mail, obtaining a postal code, obtaining rate information
Elections BC
The website provides information about provincial elections, electoral events and an online voter registration system.
Weather InformationFederal Government Obtain current conditions and forecasts

 

Personal and Family Supports

BCeID Many government services are now available online. A BCeID account provides secure electronic access to these services.
Child Care Subsidy Program The Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment that helps British Columbia families meet the costs of child care. The website provides information on eligibility and the application process. 
Citizenship and Immigration CanadaFederal Government Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) manages the application process and guides applicants through the steps to becoming Canadian citizens. 
Enquiry BC Enquiry BC is a provincial call centre that provides services to all British Columbia residents, on behalf of provincial government ministries, Crown corporations and public agencies.
Family BonusFederal Government Information on non-taxable monthly payments to help low and modest income families with the cost of raising children under age 18. 
Foreign Work PermitsFederal Government The Work Permits program issues work permits to eligible foreign workers who wish to work temporarily in Canada, provides information on the related application process, and issues visitor records to business visitors.
Francophone Affairs This website provides links to all government services and publications that are available in French.
Permanent Resident CardFederal Government The Permanent Resident (PR) Card program issues PR Cards to permanent residents of Canada, who must present theirs when travelling by commercial carrier (airplane, boat, bus or train) in order to gain re-entry into Canada.
Resettlement Assistance ProgramFederal Government The Resettlement Assistance Program helps refugees and protected persons resettle in Canada by providing them with financial assistance to cover the costs of accommodations, essential clothing, household effects and other living expenses.
Residential Tenancy Branch The Residential Tenancy Branch provides landlords and tenants with information and dispute resolution services.
Seniors Information A website that provides information to assist Seniors in living well
Voter Registration Your source for information about provincial elections and electoral events and registering or updating your voter registration.

 

Reports and Publications

Crown Publications Our uniquely British Columbia specialty store offers, not only BC Government publications and legislation, but also Federal Government code books, nautical charts, topographical, road, street, and world wall maps, as well as a wide selection of BC specific books.

 

Taxation

Canada Customs and Revenue AgencyFederal Government The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system. 
Consumer Taxes This website provides information on consumer tax programs.
Income Taxes for Individuals Information on tax programs
Income Taxes for Small Business Information on tax programs

 

Transportation

BC Ferries Reservations Reserve your passage on some of BC Ferries most popular routes.
BC Ferries Schedules Routes and schedules
British Columbia Distance Calculator Calculate the approximate distance and travel time between any origin city and any destination city.
British Columbia Maps Highway, boundary, electrical, maintenance and service area, tourism and resource maps
Drive BC Obtain current road conditions in British Columbia
handyDART Transit handyDART is a special transportation service for eligible persons with a disability who cannot use regular public transport due to mobility issues.
Highway Maps Here you'll find maps of the highways of the province, major BC cities and towns. 
Highway Route Information Information on major highway routes, exits, landmarks, inland ferry schedules, disaster response routes
HighwayCams View highway conditions, traffic volumes, and weather information at a glance.
Inland Ferry Schedules Schedule, crossing time, passenger and vehicle capacity and contact information
Public Transit Bus routes and schedules
Road Maps Find road maps for communities in British Columbia.
Road Reports Access current road reports and conditions

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