Arabic Resources

Arabic Resources

These resources, in English and Arabic (or Arabic only, as indicated) are designed to help newcomers feel more informed about various aspects of settling into life in Canada.  For guides available in both languages, it can be helpful to sit down with newcomers and go through these guides at the same time (sponsoring/supporting group in Arabic, newcomers in English).



  • Your First Two Weeks in Canada:  Videos from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in English and Arabic.
  • NewtoBC Resources for Newcomers to Canada: A comprehensive source of guides and tools to assist immigrants and refugees to settle in their new communities and workplaces. (Find the English version here and the Arabic version here).
  • Welcome to Canada: What you Should Know:  A Guide from the Canadian Government in English and Arabic.

Learning English:

  • An excellent list of English-Language learning Resources (apps, programs, etc.) for Arabic-speakers learning English, compiled by Refugees Belong.


  • Tips on recipes, cultural appropriate food, stocking  a pantry for a Syrian family, etc.
  • Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide:  In English and Arabic at this link.


  • Vaccination Guide:  Public Health Agency of Canada’s guide to vaccinations in English and Arabic.
  • Taking Care of You and Your Baby:  A Parent’s Guide from the Canadian Public Health Assocation in English and Arabic.


  • Checklist of precautions regarding fire in the home.  English and Arabic







(Created by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and linked by Refugees Belong)


Refugee Sponsorship:

  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees:  Information on the process of Private Sponsoring.  Great for newcomers who are interested in getting involved in the process of helping to bring family members over.


Supporting and Sponsoring

If you are interested in getting involved in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (in which groups of people together provide financial, social, and emotional support for an individual or family who are refugees and who are resettling in Canada) we encourage you to learn more from World Renew, who is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with the Canadian government. You can also explore the website of the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP).
If you would like to learn more about other opportunities to get involved, we encourage you to use the contact form on this site to get in touch with us.

Current Needs

Current Needs

We are currently looking for the following. If you can offer any of the below or would like to learn more, please get in touch with us using the contact form on this site.

Donation Needs

  • Warm coats (all sizes)
  • Rain jackets (all sizes)
  • Gloves and mittens (all sizes)
  • Warm sweaters (adult only)
  • Umbrellas
  • Grocery cards for Safeway or Superstore
  • Adult bikes
  • Laptops, phones, or tablets in good working condition
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products

Who is a Refugee?

Who is a Refugee?

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention (held following WWII) and its 1967 Protocol, a refugee “is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

People of all religions, nationalities, ethnic groups, financial classes, and genders can become refugees.