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Family Entrée To-Go (Saanich Neighbourhood Place CFC)

Pickup 4:00PM-5:00PM. To go at this time.  To register, contact

Young Parent Play & Connect

A play & discussion group for parents under 29 years old and their children.  To register, contact  

Empowering Moms: A Healthy Approach to Motherhood

SNP Pearkes Feb.8, 2024 – Mar. 14, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM This 6-week program focuses on mental health and wellness for mothers. They provide information and support in a facilitated group with an opportunity to connect with other moms. To register, contact

Toddler Kindergym (SNP CFC Location)

A chance for little ones that are on the move, up to 3 years old, to move!  A great chance to climb, crawl, dance and jump. To register, contact SNP Child & Family Centre - 3120 Tillicum Road, behind Pearkes Recreation Centre

Playgroup (SNP Pearkes)

Opportunities for imaginative and creative play, sensory and building activities, as well as a social connection are provided for children up to 5 years old. Weekly on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 am. Pre-registration required. To register contact Located at SNP Pearkes, 3100 Tillicum Road. 

Toddler Arts & Crafts

Explore your creative side with children ages 0-5! Each week features a different craft designed with the toddler/ preschool in mind. Creative activities can be messy, so please dress children appropriately. Free of charge. Parent participation is required.

Come Read with Me

ONE TO ONE offers programming across B.C. that leverages the power of one-to-one connections to help children develop literacy skills and reading confidence – at no cost to schools or families. Come Read with Me (CRWM) is an interactive workshop facilitated by a ONE TO ONE educator, designed to give parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn positive reading strategies to support their children at home. 

Parent Child Mother Goose (SNP Pearkes)

An interactive program for caregivers and young children to connect with each other and others through songs and stories. To Register, contact

Dad’s Group at Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Weekly playgroups for self-identified dads with children under 5. On Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 AM at 3100 Tillicum Road. To register contact 

Community Kitchens (SNP Pearkes)

About the Program

Enjoy cooking in a group and taking delicious meals home to your family. All ingredients are provided. Weekly on Thursdays from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. To register contact

Family Dinner To-Go (Saanich Neighbourhood Place)

About the Program Weekly, no-cost dinner that is made for you and your family. Family Dinner is to-go only at this time. Pick-up is on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm. To register contact

Baby Group (SNP Pearkes)

About the Program

Discussion and support group for parents and caregivers with babies 0-18 months. Weekly on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm.  To register contact 

Kindergym (at SNP Pearkes)

About the Program

This active play time is ideal for children who are walking up to 5 years old - Kindergym is perfect for mornings when children need to get those big movements out! Weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 am. To register contact Located at 3100 Tillicum Road. 

Greenglade Community Centre

Located an easy 25 minute drive from Victoria at 2151 Lannon Way in Sidney, Greenglade Community Centre provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities and facilities including:

  • Pottery Studio
  • Weight & Fitness Room
  • Mind and Body Studio
  • Activity Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Dance Studio
  • Licensed Preschool
  • Teen Lounge

The Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service 

The Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service provides free, confidential, multilingual, information and referral regarding community resources for people in BC dealing with substance use and addiction issues. Provides information about detox, counselling, treatment programs, recovery homes, and support groups. Also covers education and prevention resources, and other concerns such as harm reduction and fetal alcohol and drug effects. Telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Funded by Ministry of Health (MOH)

Youth Against Violence Line 

Youth Against Violence Line provides free, confidential information to young people across BC concerned with youth violence, bullying, peer pressure, and intimidation or threats by a person or a gang. Service includes non-judgmental support, information about options, and referrals to community services. Concerned parents, teachers, service providers, and others are also welcome to call about youth-related resources.

VictimLink BC 

VictimLink BC provides free, confidential, multilingual phone information and referral about community resources for victims of crime, as well as immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services. Help line staff provide emotional and crisis support; referral to victim services, transition houses, counselling resources, and community services, and information about the justice system, federal and provincial legislation and services, crime prevention, safety planning, and the protection orders registry. Serves BC and Yukon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Miyoopimatishihk (Wellbeing) Program

The Miyoopimatishihk (Wellbeing) Program is available to children from birth to eight, who are enrolled in the Métis Family Connections Program. Through the Miyoopimatishihk (Wellbeing) Program, families can apply for financial support to assist with the cost of a wide range of services, programs and products, including but not limited to respite care, speech therapy, assessments, specialized equipment, and mental health supports.

Metis Family Connections

Métis Family Connections – Early Years was developed by Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) for families with Métis children from birth to eight years. Métis Family Connections – Early Years is focused on helping families build a network of support that provides children with opportunities for early learning and childhood development. Métis Family Connections Navigators assist families to access programs and services that are available in their region and connect them to community and culture.

You and Your Baby

You and Your Baby is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development, and more in this free drop-in program. Connect with other parents on the Peninsula. For prenatal families and families with infants up to 12 months. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers.

Friday Families and Friends Playtime

Friday Families and Friends Playtime is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join them at this free program for parents and caregivers of children up to six years old. A time to play, enjoy the gym, explore art and have a visit with friends! Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd. For information, or to register to attend, please contact the Peninsula Early Years Centre

Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program PISE's kids’ programs provide a friendly, safe and welcoming environment to explore movement. Through providing a quality physical activity experience that focuses on games and play, children develop their physical literacy. They aim to inspire children to play their way to confidence, skill development, fun, teamwork, cooperation, respect and inclusivity.

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Pacific Post Partum Support Society (PPPSS) provides a variety of free or low-cost programs for those experiencing a difficult pregnancy or postpartum adjustment, including postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A) including fathers/partners and LGBTQ+ families. Their website is rich with videos and other resources, and they offer free telephone and text message support and weekly support groups.

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees

VICCIR provides mental health counselling to immigrants and refugees living in Canada. They offer their services on a sliding fee scale, based on clients' ability to pay. They work with specially trained interpreters as required.

Gender Spectacular Families

**MEETING ONLINE.** Come meet parents, caregivers, and close adult family members of trans, gender non-conforming, and Two-Spirit children, youth, and young adults. This group is facilitated by trans adults who are experienced working with trans children, youth, and parents and caregivers.

Resource Guide: Autism & Dental Care

This online guide provides ideas and suggestions about dental hygiene, preparing for visits to the dentist, and general care, for families with special needs children and teens.

Artemis Young Parent Program

The Young Parent Program supports pregnant teens and young parents in a nurturing community while also providing a safe, stimulating environment for their children. In the on-site licensed infant/toddler centre the staff of experienced Early Childhood Educators provide responsive care for the children along with building respectful, trusting relationships with their families.

Family Support Institute BC

The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability.  FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family-to-family organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI’s supports and services are FREE to any family.

ACT – Autism Community Training

ACT is a not-for-profit society that provides evidence-based information resources and training for the autism community. Their goal is to enable parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives, but much of their information is relevant across neurodiversities.

ACT’s Autism Manual for BC

ACT’s Autism Manual for B.C. is a manual for Living and Working with Children and Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Community organizations and parents are welcome to print the relevant sections of the manual for easy reference. If you have corrections or updates, please email

Community Options for Children and Families

Community Options for Children and Families is a welcoming, innovative organization that provides a wide range of services to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their caregivers on South Vancouver Island. We work in partnership with other organizations, individuals, and government to ensure the inclusion of all people in our community.

Autism Information Services BC

Autism Information Services British Columbia (AIS BC) is a provincial information centre for autism and related disorders that provides information and supports to families, service providers, and community professionals across B.C. Their experienced staff are available by phone, in person, or by email to explain the range of best practice treatment options for autism spectrum disorder to help you navigate the BC service system.

Access Midwifery

Access Midwifery and Family Care is a unique practice of registered midwives that provides primary maternity care to women during all stages of their pregnancy and post-partum support throughout the greater Victoria area. Their midwifery services are covered under the Medical Services Plan, meaning that people with BC Care Cards can access their services free of charge. Regardless, they believe that everyone deserves access to quality maternity care. If you do not have a BC Health Card, they encourage you to contact them for more information about getting care.

WSANEC School Board

Provides educational support for K-12 students attending district Private or band operated schools.  SELEEMW Daycare infant/toddler and 3 to 5 years.

Tsawout HeadStart Program

Head Start is a drop-in program for parents and their children ages 0 – 4 years old. They offer playgroups, nutritional support and parenting workshops, which all include transportation and childminding as needed.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

The Early Childhood Development Team provide family support for parenting and life skills for pre and post-natal up to children six years old. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. You will have the opportunity to meet with other families.

Y Young Moms Program

The Y Young Moms Program offers 8 transitional housing units for pregnant or young moms age 16-29 who are parenting a child under 5 years of age. Families receive weekly support, individual counselling and advocacy to help families achieve independence. Trained staff offer positive parenting education; life skills education; group counselling and support; mental health support; pre-employment and employment counselling and referrals.

Supported Child Development

Working with families, the Supported Child Development Program (SCDP) provides consultation, extra staffing supports and staff training to child care providers and early childhood educators.

Prevention Speech

This program provides speech and language services to infants, toddlers and preschool children. To receive services, children must: have only speech and/or language delays or disorders, and be preschool aged – not yet eligible for kindergarten. Speech-language assessments and treatment are offered at the five regional public health units located in Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, West Shore and the Peninsula. Visit the website to contact the Health Unit closest to you.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Seating

The Queen Alexandra for Orthotics, Prosthetics and Seating helps people of all ages overcome physical disabilities and mobility challenges. They offer the widest range of accredited orthotic, prosthetic and seating assessments, in-house manufacturing facilities, and fitting services on Vancouver Island.


BC211 connects people to the community, government and social services they need. You can call or text 2-1-1 any day of the week, between 8 AM and 11PM. They offer confidential, multi-lingual, and texting services. You can also chat online.

La Leche League (West Shore)

La Leche League Canada is a registered charity that provides peer support for pregnant women/parents, new moms/parents and beyond. They are parents who have breastfed or chestfed their children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. They believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

La Leche League (Esquimalt)

La Leche League Canada is a registered charity that provides peer support for pregnant women/parents, new moms/parents and beyond. They are parents who have breastfed or chestfed their children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. They believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

La Leche League (Saanich Peninsula)

La Leche League Canada is a registered charity that provides peer support for pregnant women/parents, new moms/parents and beyond. They are parents who have breastfed or chestfed their children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. They believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

James Bay Community Project

James Bay Community Project is a non-profit community organization helping seniors, youth and families by providing outreach services, community support and volunteer services.

Westshore 1000×5 Children’s Book Recycling Project

The Westshore "1000 X 5" Children’s Book Recycling Project was started in September 2012.  Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families in the Westshore. Each week, a small, but dedicated, group of volunteers screen, sort, clean and package gift bags of books for distribution by local family serving agencies in the Westshore area.

Pregnancy Support and Information

Island Sexual Health offers information on pregnancy, testing, options and decision making. They are are a pro-choice organization that offers non-biased, factual, and comprehensive information equally on all options available in Canada. They believe a pregnant person has the ability and right to make the best decision for themselves when they are given objective, non biased information. You can make an appointment for more information and support. The Victoria Clinic is located at #101-3960 Quadra Street

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. Their mission is to assist in the settlement and adjustment of immigrants and refugees in Canada, and to provide services designed to increase the newcomer's participation in Canadian society, by assisting the newcomer to overcome barriers.

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures. We provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees reach their goals. By engaging people through networks, education, employment, and arts programming we create a welcoming community. Their main office is located at 808 Douglas Street, Suite 102

The Compassionate Friends of Canada

The Compassionate Friends is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization, offering friendship, understanding, grief education and HOPE for the future to all families who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. They aid in the positive reconciliation of grief and foster the physical and emotional health of parents and their surviving children as well as provide information and education about the grief of bereaved parents and their surviving children.

BC Bereavement Helpline

They are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC. Whether you are looking for bereavement support groups, community events, information on BC Bereavement Day, information on how to donate or to volunteer with them, you will find it on their site. Please call the BC Bereavement Helpline and speak with one of their caring volunteers for information on their bereavement support groups, agencies, and peer-based support.

Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy

Discover Victoria literacy events and browse their curated digital resources to help guide you across your learning journey!

Saanich Commonwealth Place

Saanich Commonwealth Place is a recreation facility located at 4636 Elk Lake Drive. It features: competition pool, wave pool, dive tank, shallow tot pool, steam room and sauna; fully equipped, air conditioned weight room; aerobic, dance studio and five multi-purpose rooms; full size gymnasium, proshop, café and free parking; Greater Victoria Public Library - Bruce Hutchison Branch; Teen centre

PENINSULA “1000 x 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project

Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families on the Saanich Peninsula.

First Nations Health Authority

When it comes to maternal, child and family health, FNHA’s approach is health and wellness now and into the future for the whole family.  This family-focused approach supports important areas like: Healthy relationships, Sexual health, Family planning, Healthy pregnancies, Optimal birth experiences, Parent and guardian health, Early childhood development, Child safety.

Aboriginal Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

The ACCRR program staff work in partnership with Indigenous families and communities on and off reserve and in urban settings throughout the province. Their goal is to increase the availability and accessibility of high quality child care resources and services that support the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

ASCD programs are designed to ensure cultural safety and cultural sensitivity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and families. ASCD services are provided for children who require extra support in the following areas: physical development, cognitive development, communicative development, social/emotional development and behaviour.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) is offered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, First Nations Health Authority, and the BC Ministry of Health. The goal of the program is to increase healthy birth outcomes for Indigenous families by removing the cost barrier to accessing doula services.

Reporting Child Abuse

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Your call will be answered by the Provincial Centralized Screening team (PCS) and their primary role is to receive and assess child protection reports and initial requests for ministry service across the province, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If a child is in immediate danger, call police (call 9-1-1 or your local police) to intervene and a child protection social worker should be contacted to determine whether the child is in need of protection.

Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI)

The Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) is an early childhood tooth decay prevention program aimed at children aged 0 to 7, their caregivers and pregnant women living on-reserve or accessing on-reserve resources. The goal of the initiative is to improve oral health and well-being. COHI aims promote a lifetime of oral health by preventing tooth decay, treating and restoring teeth that already have tooth decay, improving oral health knowledge, changing oral health–related behaviours and reducing the number of First Nations children that require general anesthesia for dental surgeries.

Smiles First Program

One-on-one consultation for at-risk pregnant women and parents with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Smiles First provides assessment and skill building for parents to understand factors that increase the risk of dental disease, and learn ways to reduce risk. Visual screening can identify early stages of decay, and fluoride varnish or dental referral is provided as needed.  This services is available at all health units and some community locations. Contact your local Public Health Unit to find the location of the nearest dental program.

Camosun Dental Clinic

Clients of all ages and the public are welcome to visit their in-house Dental Hygiene clinic between September and April each year. The Dental Hygiene students provide professional, preventive and therapeutic services that are caring, high quality and low cost. Personalized care is provided by students under the direction and supervision of licensed faculty

Aboriginal Child & Family Services

A variety of child, teen, and family services are available throughout the province. Serves Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria, and View Royal. Located at 100-1195 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC V9A 3N6

Songhees Early Years Programs

Songhees Preschool offers a safe and supportive environment for children to begin their educational journey. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for entry into public school as well as grounding them with community and family support for their education. A Daycare Program supports families with caregivers working or attending school with full day care services Monday through Friday.

Songhees Wellness Centre

The Songhees Wellness Centre is a 55,000 sq.ft multi-purpose building which houses the Nation’s Governance and Administration Offices, Local Services, Education Services, and Health Centre.  Sports facilities include a fitness studio, international-sized wood floor multi-sport court, bleacher seating for 350 and team change rooms. There is an industrial kitchen, computer lab, elders centre, youth centre, and a Gallery Cafe.

Surrounded by Cedar

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services will provide child and family services rooted in cultural values and beliefs to restore and enhance the strength and resiliency in the urban Aboriginal community. This includes counselling, elders in residence, youth support services, cultural programming. They are located at #211 - 1497 Admirals Rd. Victoria BC V9A 2P8

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis people acknowledge that our children are sacred gifts from our ancestors. They become our knowledge-keepers and carry our culture, language, and heritage forward for future generations. At Métis Nation British Columbia, this understanding informs their commitment to place our children at the center of all that we do. They strive to honour the traditional concept Takaki Awasisiwin, which means a good childhood for the future of our people.

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank "helps those in need through those who care." They do that in a variety of ways but primarily by providing food hampers, including fresh produce to enrich the hampers, designated to supplement a client's food needs.  The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank is an emergency food service and we are here to help you and your family in a time of need. Located at 9586 Fifth Street, Sidney

Greater Victoria Public Library

Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, DVDs, and CDs for your family.

Vancouver Island Regional Libary

As a regional system, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) covers a vast geographic area, from Sooke and Sidney in the south to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast. They have always provided with the flexible spaces, new technologies, digital resources, and exciting programming that people expect today.

Saanich Peninsula Literacy

Saanich Peninsula Literacy builds capacity through enhancing existing programs and services, raising awareness and leveraging resources out in the community

Panorama Recreation

Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations including Greenglade Community Centre throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the Town of Sidney.

Kid Care Canada

At Kid Care Canada the focus is social and emotional health, now considered the best foundation for mental, emotional and physical wellness, and happiness and success throughout life. Their resources guide you so that you can be a more confident and relaxed parent. You will see how your everyday nurturing actions put your infant or toddler on the path for social and emotional health, and that the benefits last a lifetime!

Beacon FASD Support Services

Keyworker services are provided at no cost to families for children (0-18 yrs) with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Play & Chat Packs

Parents, caregivers and community members can borrow a Play & Chat Pack in support of a child`s social connection and language development. Each pack has a theme, and includes activities and tips for playing and building language skills. There are 25 different themes to choose from. Packs are housed at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook:

Peninsula Early Years Centre

At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, Beacon Community Services offers a welcoming, nurturing space for families and caregivers with children ages 6 and under. Families will find comfort and encouragement, as well as important resources and supports that help build a strong foundation for young children – so they get the strongest start possible in life. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.

Beacon Community Services

Beacon Community Services’ programs and services span every phase of life. They dedicate themselves to: helping keep children, youth and families healthy, strong and connected, sheltering seniors and people with disabilities in safe, affordable housing, and much more

Peninsula Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Location: 2170 Mt Newton Cross Rd. Saanichton BC.

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC

Peninsula Babies

Registered program. Learn about prenatal education, newborn care, nutrition, infant and mother health, stages of child development and more. For families in the prenatal stage on to infants of nine months. In partnership with Island Health, public health nurses provide information and support, together with the facilitator and guest speakers. This free program includes lunch. Program located in Sidney. Contact for registration:

Parent Child Mother Goose (Beacon CS)

Parent-Child Mother Goose is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years registered program. A free, fun program of favourite rhymes, music and stories that help to develop language skills for children (2 months – 3 yrs). In partnership with School District 63, this early literacy program provides social connection and support for parents and caregivers. Offered as registered 10 week sessions, with age appropriate groups and snacks.

Peninsula Toddler Time

Toddler Time is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join us and enjoy a free weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This drop-in program also offers information, discussion and support during this very active stage of life and learning. For children 9-24 months old and caregivers/parents (siblings welcome).

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

Sooke Family Resource Society – Family Support Group

This parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program.  The group offers support to parents with children 0-6 years who may be facing challenges in life such as single parenthood, low income, or young parenthood.  The group will focus on supportive parenting strategies. Call to register. Sooke group meets every other Thursdsay 10AM-noon.

StrongStart Saanich School District 63

StrongStart is a free program for 0-5 (pre-Kindergarten), with their parents/grandparents/caregivers to attend. Parents and Caregivers are expected to be actively involved and engaged with their child during the StrongStart visit, so that there is optimum child development and sharing learning. StrongStart supports the development of young children consistent with the goals of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in British Columbia offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Aboriginal Infant Development consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, or as more commonly known, BCANDS, is an award winning, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of Indigenous peoples across Canada. BCANDS is a “stand alone” organization and is one of the only organizations of its type in Canada. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and urban and rural centres.

Indigenous Liason Nurses

Indigenous Liaison Nurses (ILNs) can advocate on your behalf, helping you access referrals, benefit information and more with ease.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The vision of the SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual) while maintaining the SENĆOŦEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Society

South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children.

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

They provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Their social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to their children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

The VNFC is a non-profit Indigenous-led organization located on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Centre comprises over 125 compassionate staff members, building and delivering over 75 programs working to further innovative solutions to improve socio-economic conditions for urban Indigenous peoples. Their goal is to stitch the fabric of Indigenous traditions into everything the VNFC does, and to greet each other and the natural world in a good way every day.

Island Métis Family & Community Services

MFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counselling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

Hulitan preserves, unifies, and advocates for Indigenous families by supporting healing and fostering resilience through culturally rooted programs and services and collaboration with community partners. They offer a variety of programs including cultural early learning, child and youth mental health, and more.

Pacific Centre Family Services Association

Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people they work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations: Centre for Wellbeing, 324 Goldstream Ave, Colwood; and 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

West Shore Parks and Recreation

Whether you enjoy a stroll in the park, a swim in the pool, playing soccer with friends, or a round of golf, West Shore Parks & Recreation has programs and facilities for everyone. West Shore Parks & Recreation is governed by the board of directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands and the Town of View Royal.

SEAPARC Leisure Complex

SEAPARC is pleased to offer a variety of program options for 4 months to 5 years. Programs include a licensed preschool, social programs, sports, swimming and skating. Located at 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke.

Military Family Resource Centre

The MFRC has resources to meet the unique demands of raising children in the military lifestyle. It’s about getting quality care, support and resources in an environment that understands the lifestyle.  Services include: Parenting support, child care, literacy programs, counselling, etc. The Colwood Pacific Activity Centre is located at 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood.

Parks and Trails on the West Shore

Community parks and trails are yours to enjoy, and a legacy for future generations. While visiting, please respect the private property next to the parks, trails, viewpoints, and ocean accesses and leave no trace of your visit or the visit of your dog. Leave the treasures that you find, including wildflowers, for others to enjoy.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities.

Sooke Library

They have plenty to offer children of all ages. Books, stories, games, crafts, audiobooks and more! Located at 2065 Anna Marie Rd., Sooke

Sooke Region Literacy Project

The Sooke Region Literacy project supports literacy and educational initiatives, providing programs and more!

Prenatal Education and Outreach

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program The SFRS Prenatal Education and Outreach Services provides local group or individual prenatal education, support, and outreach to pregnant women and their families in Sooke and the surrounding areas. We offer a low to no-cost program for all who need or want prenatal services. This program is a partnership program with the Best Babies program. Located at 766 Wadams Way, Sooke.

Island Health Prenatal Services

Identify topics important to you during your pregnancy such as nutrition, lifestyle factors, community support and your hopes for your pregnancy and birth. You may want information about getting ready for your baby’s arrival including what to expect when feeding and caring for your new baby. Services are delivered through your local health unit.

Sooke Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition, Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at #104-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

West Shore Health Unit

Island Health Resources: Child health and development, Dental, Flu vaccine and influenza prevention campaigns, Hearing, Immunizations, Nutrition, Parenting, Prenatal registration and postpartum support, Speech. The Health Unit is located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood

Best Babies (Colwood)

Best Babies is funded through the Island Health Authority (IHA) and offers support to pregnant families and their newborns up to 6-8 weeks of age. Participants attend weekly group sessions that cover topics including prenatal education, health, nutrition and infant care. Participants are provided with a nutritious frozen meal to take home. Parents also receive snacks, food vouchers, bus tickets, vitamins, information and other support when needed. Weekly discussions are led by a Public Health Nurse, Dietician, Dental Hygienist or BGC Youth & Family Counsellor.

Sooke Family Resource Society

Sooke Family Resource Society offers the following groups in the Sooke/West Shore communities:  Parent and Tot Playgroup, Parent Discussion Group, Early Years Neurodiverse Playgroup, and Family Support Group.  See calendar for schedule.    

StrongStart (SD62)

Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages. Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. This is a free program for families that helps prepare children for success in kindergarten.

Sooke/West Shore Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)

BC Child Care Resource & Referral programs offers referrals for quality child care and community resources, and support to child care providers and families in every community across the Province of British Columbia. Located at 100- 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke. West Shore office located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood.

Toy Lending Library

Find fun toys & meet other families. They have a large library of toys that range from baby dolls to rescue heroes! Play, borrow, enjoy community.

Family Playground

Bring the whole family to the Y indoor family playground! Play, run, bounce and explore while meeting other families in the community. Parents are asked to stay and enjoy this program with their children.

Enable Program for Children and Youth

The Enable Program supports the needs of immigrant and refugee, children, and youth between the ages of 6 - 19. All our services are designed to address their academic, social, and emotional needs as they transition into Canadian Society. A holistic, client-centered approach is used to meet young people where they are in their life, and to provide them with opportunities to increase their sense of identity, belonging, and community within their new environment.

The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to  people living  in greater Victoria since 1975. Their operations are nearly 100 percent community funded; these include the region’s largest and most accessible Food Bank, the Food Security Distribution Centre serving 60+ organizations in the capital region, Family back-to-school and Christmas supports, Hospitality programs, services at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as Church services.

StrongStart (SD61)

Drop-in early learning program where your child will explore and play with you in an environment that is friendly, safe and inspiring!. You will meet other families and get to share in the excitement of your child's early learning experiences. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while attending the program. Nutritious snacks are provided. StrongStart Learning Centres are located at the following schools: George Jay Elementary, McKenzie Elementary, Macaulay Elementary, James Bay Community School, View Royal Elementary, Craigflower Elementary. Visit the website for more information. 

Fernwood Community Meal

Fernwood NRG are serving their community meal on Mondays. They will be able to serve the first 80 people. There is a vegetarian and sometimes a meat option. They will unfortunately be unable to accommodate any other special or dietary requests.

Time will be between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. If you have any questions, please email

Parent Child Mother Goose (Fernwood NRG)

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for parents and their babies. We serve parents and children ages 2 and under. The program introduces adults and children to the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years. Children benefit from enjoyable, healthy early experiences with language and communication.

1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

About the program 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre is a registered charitable organization that has been committed to serving the varied and changing needs of single parent families in the Greater Victoria area since 1978. They provide practical support, opportunities for growth and a sense of hope to single parent families across Greater Victoria.

Community Dinner (Oaklands)

Each month, September through June, they extend a warm invitation to Oaklands residents to join us for their Community Dinner on the last Sunday of the month. Call to reserve.

Family Dinner (Burnside Gorge)

Enjoy a nutritious meal with your family and meet other members of your community. Families need to register for dinner before Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. by calling the front desk at 250-388-5251. Advise if you are vegetarian when registering.

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society is a registered charity serving the community since 1974.  They are located at 511 Constance Avenue in Esquimalt, BC.  A range of services are offered on and off-site.  Services include early years and family resource programs with a focus on children’s learning and development, pre and post-natal services, mental health and supportive counselling, youth and family support, as well as help for seniors to remain living independently in their home.

Parent Child Mother Goose (James Bay Community Project)

Enjoy rhymes, songs and finger play. Listen to a story, learn to tell a story.

La Leche League (Victoria Central)

La Leche League Canada is a registered charity that provides peer support for pregnant women/parents, new moms/parents and beyond. They are parents who have breastfed or chestfed their children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. They believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program

The Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (YP3) helps young women (aged 16-29 years) who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting. The program helps them to improve their chances to have healthy pregnancies, develop safe, positive parenting skills and increase coping and decision-making skills. The program specifically supports vulnerable youth who are at risk of becoming homeless and who may have substance use issues. By placing them in a stable Care Family suite for up to 1 year, they are supported as they learn independent living, parenting and life skills.

Baby Group (James Bay)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program This free support and information group includes: speakers, discussion, fun and friendship with other new parents. Registration required, please call number below. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Best Babies (SNP Tillicum/Saanich)

Support and information for pregnant people and their newborns up to 6 months old.  Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria (inside Pearkes Rec. Centre, behind Tillicum Mall).  To register, contact

Best Babies (Fernwood)

They serve pregnant and parenting parents of children ages 0-1 year. If you are a parent in need, please call or text Laura for more information at 250-216-1938.

Victoria Best Babies is a Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program sponsored by Fernwood NRG with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Post-natal discussion groups run on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This group is for parents and their babies ages 0 months-1year old. Discussions are led by various members of the staff and the community. The Public Health Nurse, Dietitian, Program Coordinator, and Family Support Worker are available for support.

Pre-natal classes run on Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This group is for pregnant people and their older toddlers (if applicable). Discussions are led by various members of the staff and the community. Their Public Health Nurse, Dietitian, Program Coordinator, and Family Support Worker are available.

Best Babies (Quadra Village)

A free pre- and post-natal program, in cooperation with Victoria Best Babies and Island Health, that aims to optimize nutrition and health in expectant and new parents. Offers one to one support, dietician, public health nurse and dental hygienist services in a safe and confidential setting. Meets weekly on Tuesday. Please check their calendar before attending the program each time for last-minute cancellations. Located at Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.

Moms and Mentors

The 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre  ‘Moms and Mentors‘ Program connects single mothers with volunteer mentors from the community, for a year of friendship and support. Moms and mentors spend about two hours per week together. They may meet at the playground or at a café, or do just about anything that’s fun or useful – they could be going for a walk, shopping for groceries, cooking together, or just chatting over coffee or tea. There are monthly group gatherings to meet other matched pairs.

Kinship Care/Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

There are Support Groups specifically for those who are raising their friends or relatives’ children (Kinship Caregivers or Grandparents Raising Grandchildren). Please contact the Kinship Care Help Line, which can give you more information and refer you to a Kinship Care Support Groups.

Parent Support Groups

Parenting Support Groups are free, anonymous, and confidential self-help groups providing parents and caregivers with a safe space to share their stories, build communities, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover new services and resources. The groups offer weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators.

Family Talk – Laugh, Learn & Lunch

This is an opportunity for children to explore and play, to meet other families and caregivers. Join the FGCA staff as they explore the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming will include a shared snack and group discussions as well as a shared lunch. Due to the limited space inside, they ask that you park your stroller in their covered stroller parking area at the front of the building while attending the program. Mondays, 10:00am - 12:30pm *this program does not operate during school closures (summer break, winter break, spring break, Pro D days)  Contact for more information.

Indigenous Parent Support Group

This is a drop-in support group at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. Dietitian available. A female Elder is available for guidance and support. Cultural activities are provided

C’Nex Intensive Parenting Program

C’NEX was designed for families in Burnside Gorge whose children are in the care of the government or at risk of being taken into care. By using an Integrated Case Management Model, the C’NEX program builds parents’ capacity to assess their family needs and strengths. Parents and children are assisted in accessing and creating the appropriate supports

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine

The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) is focused on your needs with their comprehensive IVF and reproductive medical care.

Victoria Youth Clinic

The Victoria Youth Clinic Society (VYCS) is a not-for-profit organization, operator and lead agency for Foundry Victoria, that provides integrated and comprehensive primary health care services, including mental health and addiction care for youth aged 12 to 24 years. They are a team of dedicated and skilled youth-focused professionals that includes doctors, nurses, counsellors, youth workers, peer support workers, parent support workers, wellness navigator and administrative staff.

Trans Resources Vancouver Island

The Chair in Transgender Studies is proud to host this resource and information site for Trans+ people and their allies on Vancouver Island

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-in

A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support.

PFLAG Victoria

They are a community of and welcome LGBTIQQTSA persons of all ages. In-person meetings happen (2:00 PM on the third Sunday of each month (September through June), they meet at St. John the Divine

Trans Care BC

Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC.

Ambit Gender Diversity and Consulting

Ambit offers training and consulting to reduce barriers and improve accessibility for trans, non-binary, and other gender diverse people. Ambit's website also includes resources for queer and trans families.

Triple P Parenting Support

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 8 to 10 sessions that increases parenting confidence, and aims to make parenting easier. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age. The topics discussed offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your child’s development and look after yourself as a parent. Hosted at the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

BC Family Hearing Resource Society

Their services are available to infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. They include: individual session; speech, language and auditory therapy, sign language instruction, language groups for children and parents, extended family support, parent peer support, deaf mentor sessions, cochlear implant habilitation, access to current research, information and education materials.

ORCCA Dental Clinic Society

ORCCA's purpose is to provide children and adolescents from low-income families access to oral care in a non profit setting.  We are a registered charitable organization. It is based on the beliefs that all kids have the right to healthy oral care, and that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of children and adolescents.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service is an interdisciplinary team working in collaboration with families and community partners to: support best practice in assessment and treatment of children and youth with feeding, swallowing and nutrition concerns; provide education for families and partners; contribute to current knowledge in order to support optimum, safe nutritional health for clients. Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria BC

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic offers a range of specialized services tailored to meet the unique healthcare needs and experiences of their patients. They are an inclusive clinic with a focused clinical scope that are available to patients of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Island Sexual Health

As a community health care centre, they offer pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinics, education programs and products for people of all genders, orientations, abilities, and ages in Greater Victoria, BC in the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. They also offer primary care attachment for priority population clients.

Child & Youth Mental Health

Child, Youth and Family Mental Health Services offers a range of services including short-term crisis intervention, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment and inpatient assessment and treatment planning. Their services are client centred, trauma-informed, least restrictive and collaborative.

Esquimalt Health Unit

Providing community health and care in the Esquimalt area.

Victoria Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc.

Saanich Health Unit

Public Health Units provide services to the communities and individuals they serve, with a goal to increase health and wellness. Access immunizations, prenatal support, postpartum programs, etc. Located at 3995 Quadra St. Victoria.

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) provides non-judgmental health care and social supports for pregnant and parenting women who have a history of substance use and may also be affected by mental health issues, violence and trauma.

Right from the Start

Right from the Start offers support for pregnant women and new moms, their babies, children and families. Created by women, for women, we recognize that you are the expert of your life. This program offers: prenatal services, postpartum support, breasfeeding support, family and community health, child health clinic and immunization, and Baby's Best Chance (parent handbook). Register today with the online form or by calling your local health unit.

Island Health Immunizations

An opportunity for children 0-5 years to get immunized by Island Health professionals. Available at many locations.

Vic West Food Security Collective

The Collective is a group of volunteers who work on projects to strengthen production, consumption, and access to food that is safe, nutritious, affordable, locally produced and environmentally and economically sustainable. Their projects include community kitchen, orchards, urban farming, gardens, potluck dinners

Downtown YMCA-YWCA

The Y offers a range of drop-in programs for toddlers, children and teens, as well as fitness facilities for adults. There is childminding available while you work out. They also run a licensed daycare program.  Location 851 Broughton St. Victoria.

Victoria West Community Association

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. The VWCA is a non-profit community group that offers programs for children, teens and adults. Current and past programs include Little Steps Preschool, Parent & Tot drop-ins, Mother Goose, Summer Camps, Music and Fun in French. Their larger events include Vic West Fest, the annual corn roast and monthly meetings to discuss concerns of residents. The Vic West Food Security Collective also offer community kitchens, potluck dinners, gardens and orchards to support food security in the community. Located at 521 Craigflower Rd, Victoria.

Oaklands Community Association

The Oaklands Community Association's vision is to provide a welcoming, engaging, sustainable community where all members can live, learn and thrive. Between their three locations, Oaklands Community Centre, Oaklands Neighbourhood House and Hamilton Park, they offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide range of recreation programs, childcare programs for ages 6 months to 5 years old, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community services, events, and learning workshops for everyone

James Bay Community School Centre

The James Bay Community School Centre offers a variety of programs and services: adult recreation and continued learning, child and youth programs, early childhood programs, seniors dinners, community events, and childcare. Location: 140 Oswego St. Victoria.  

Fernwood NRG

Fernwood NRG provides a number of programs for parents and parents to be. The Fernwood Community Centre houses two full-time child care programs, Family Programming such as the family dinner and the family resource program, and provides space for the Canada Pre-Natal Nutrition Program (Best Babies). We also have something for every age including a youth drop-in, adult program, and seniors programs. Fernwood Community Centre located at 1240 Gladstone ave, Victoria.

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

Fairfield Gonzales is a connected, collaborative, inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable community. They offer recreation classes, community events, childcare, food access, parent and tot programs, and much more – right in the heart of the neighbourhood!


Burnside Gorge Community Association

Burnside Gorge Community Association (BGCA) provides social support, child care, recreation, youth and family services, and community development programs as well as a number of special events and partnership initiatives to children, youth, families, and seniors in the Greater Victoria area.

Programming includes: a range of childcare programs for ages 3.5 to 11; a range of community and school based youth & family services; housing and asset development supports for youth and families; community recreation and special events for all ages; and a variety of community development initiatives.

Quadra Village Community Centre

The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place and neighbourhood association in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We provide services, programs , and support to meet the various needs of individuals in our community.

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling

The team at VCAPCC are dedicated professionals who pride themselves on healing and empowering children. Their goal as an agency is to see the whole child,  and therefore work as an innovative team to support children, youth and their families. All of their therapists and victim services team have the best education, training and state of the art resources to provide the best services possible to their clients.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. They are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.

Rosalie’s Village

Rosalie's Village proves supportive transitional housing for single mothers with young children age five and under and women ages 40 to 55 who are at risk of homelessness. Also provides three emergency shelter units for single mothers with children to use for up to 60 days. Support services include a day program, work training programs, life skills training, emergency relief, vouchers, workshops, and help transitioning into long-term housing. On-site licensed daycare for infants and children is available. Rent is based on income.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

Emergency shelter for youth ages 13 to 18 who are in crisis and have no safe housing alternatives. Services include information and referral regarding community resources, advocacy, shower and laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, and meals. Staff provide support and counselling for youth and their families while they are in crisis.

Women in Need Community Cooperative (WIN)

WIN is organized as a community service cooperative which is a non profit form of a cooperative. Their purpose is to benefit the community through the provision of programs and services for supports women, trans, non-binary and Two Spirit people, and their families.

Our Place Drop-in Centre

Our Place Society is a community service provider for the poor, disadvantaged, and homeless of Greater Victoria. From its Pandora Avenue location, Our Place Society runs a variety of life transforming services, including meals, housing, health and wellness, education, and practical care.

Cool Aid

Working with their partners in the Capital Region, they offer life-changing services to adults who are impacted by poverty, colonization, stigma and homelessness. These services include permanent housing, emergency shelter, health and dental care, employment assistance, and social and recreational opportunities.

Sandy Merriman House

Emergency Shelter for homeless and at-risk women, including cis women, trans women, and non-binary folks. They have 25 beds, plus 4 more for emergency referrals. In addition to the shelter program, they operate a daytime drop-in program. The Emergency Shelter is located at 809 Burdett Ave. Victoria.

The Cridge Centre

The Cridge Centre offers a variety of services including supportive transitional housing, childcare, seniors services, respite and respiality, among many others.

Victoria Women’s Transition House

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services.

Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre

Enjoy the 50-metre pool, two shallow pools, 160-foot water slide, pool toys, hot tub, sauna, steam room, weight room, cardio area, and more. Plus, recreation programs for all ages to keep your family active, creative, and connected in the community. Located at 2775 Quadra Street.

Esquimalt Recreation

The Esquimalt Recreation Centre is a multi-purpose wellness and community recreation facility with aquatics centre, weight room, gymnasium and multi-purpose spaces. The Archie Browning Sports Centre is a multi-use facility, which includes and ice arena, a six-sheet curling rink, and lounge areas.

Saanich Parks & Recreation

Saanich offers recreation, arts, heritage, culture, social programming and services to the local community through parks and trails, a golf course, four recreation centres, archives and an arts centre.

Recreation Oak Bay

Recreation Oak Bay offers a range of recreational opportunities regardless of age, ability, background and economic status, whether you’re interested in sports, arts, fitness, health and wellness, or personal development.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is committed to providing families with programs and services that enhance their quality of life and sense of well-being. They are here to support you in all aspects of family life. Their programming includes food security, child and family programs, youth programs, and licensed childcare. Locations SNP Pearkes (main location for programs): 3100 Tillicum Road, behind Tillicum Mall SNP Child and Family Centre: 3120 Tillicum Road, behind Pearkes Rec Centre  

Child Care Map

A map of all licensed child care providers that receive Child Care Operating Funding across British-Columbia

Affordable Child Care Benefit

A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help parents and guardians with the cost of full- or half-day child care. 

Victoria Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR)

BC Child Care Resource & Referral programs offer referrals for quality child care and community resources, and support to educators, child care providers, and families in every community across the Province of British Columbia.


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