Vancouver home to the world’s first immigrant and refugee facility

June 21, 2014 by Didi Korcheva

A project of the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC), the “Welcome House Centre” will be “the first facility of its kind in the world: a fully integrated and coordinated regional service hub that addresses the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants” according to the ISS of BC.

Located on Victoria Drive, it will feature:


  • 28 units (160-200 beds) of first-stage and second-stage housing in various configurations that accommodate singles and families of up to 16 members.
  • A regional primary health care clinic.
  • A refugee trauma support and treatment centre for both adults and children.
  • Child minding space, including an outdoor playground and family area.
  • An immigrant refugee youth drop-in space.
  • A food bank.
  • A community kitchen and multiple meeting spaces.
  • A law clinic space.
  • First language settlement support staff offices.
  • A teaching facility linked to several post-secondary institutions.
  • ISS of BC corporate service offices.


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