British Columbia


New Foundations Victoria

A Financial Literacy, Life Skills, and Job Readiness Program.

Moving to Canada from another country can be an overwhelming experience! Learning a different culture and different customs is challenging at times. The New Foundations program provides a supportive learning environment for people who are new to Canada to gain important skills for life here in Canada.

The program runs from October to May, and participants meet as a group every other week for a two-hour workshop focusing on topics such as:

  • creating a budget on a small income and tips for saving money
  • job search ideas and interview preparation
  • healthy ways for managing stress

The program also includes a community kitchen where healthy, low-cost meals are cooked together that can then be made at home.

In total, there are 17 group workshops, as well as one-on-one meetings with the program coordinator to discuss personal goals and savings. Childcare is provided for preschool-aged children during the workshops.

New Foundations Program

Who is the New Foundations program for?

  • newcomers to Canada given priority, but other applicants are considered
  • those who have conversational English and basic reading and writing skills
  • people who are unemployed or underemployed

While people who meet these criteria will be given priority, please contact the program coordinator if interested to discuss eligibility.

Wanting more information or thinking of applying?

Contact Michelle, the New Foundations program coordinator at 250-532-0157 or