Immigrant Women’s Peer Support Program (IWPSP)

Agency: Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

Program Description:

  • provides mental, physical and social support to immigrant and refugee women experiencing challenges during their integration process
  • trains newcomer women to become peer support group facilitators
  • supports graduates to go back into their communities and deliver 10-week peer support groups for other newcomer women facing difficulties adjusting to their new lives in Canada

Client Profile / Eligibility Criteria

IWPSP Training:

  • Immigrant and Refugee Women ages 24 and up with minimum CLB 5
    Candidates must have an immigrant and/or refugee background and a strong desire to give back to their communities by assisting other immigrant and refugee women with the adjustment process
  • Successful candidates must make a strong commitment to training and the facilitation of peer support groups

Registration Information

Call to register

Start Dates / Duration

The program has two components:

  • Training: A 100+ hour training program is delivered over a period of 14 weeks taught by leading experts from various fields. Participants develop and build upon skills to become community leaders and role-models.
  • Peer-Support Groups: Graduates of the IWPSP training go on to facilitate a 10-week support group with the assistance of ISSofBC staff. Peer groups provide newcomer women with a confidential environment to receive support in their settlement challenges, reduce their isolation and forge new friendships.

Program Fee: FREE

Contact Information

Contact: Sally Phung-Ip

Phone: (604) 395-8000 Ext: 1677

Fax: (604) 684-5683


Website: Visit


207-7355 Canada Way
Burnaby, V3N 4Z6

200 – 620 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, V3M 1J2