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Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program VICCIR assists immigrant and refugees who are suffering from the psychological and emotional wounds from their past experiences by providing quality and accessible counselling services. Offices located in Victoria and Duncan.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Slaheena Prenatal Support Program

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Early Childhood Development staff provides family support in such areas as parenting and life skills. We also support parents and families going through family reunification. The program is open to all Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) families, and runs Monday-Thursday from 9am-1pm (lunch is served at 12 pm daily). Activities may include regalia making, fitness, playgroups, health talks, crafts, and parent support groups. Call ahead to register.

BC211

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, link is below.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. 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. They are located at 1004 North Park Street, Victoria

Greater Victoria Public Library

December 1, 2021: Many programs are on hold due to the pandemic. Please see the GVPL website for continuing program updates. 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

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program At this time we are not offering our regular drop-in programs. However, we do have passive programs available, including our take and make craft kits available for pickup at any time, our in-branch scavenger hunts each month, and a StoryWalk at the Sooke Region Museum the last 2 weeks of each month. Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney.  

Panorama Recreation

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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.

Peninsula Early Years Centre

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.  Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

Beacon Community Services

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Family Storytime at Central Saanich Library

December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please see the GVPL website for continuing program updates. For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). Located at the Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 1209 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay, BC

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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

Parent Child Mother Goose (Beacon Community Services)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Registered drop-in. A free, fun program of favorite nursery rhymes and songs that help develop young children's language skills. This program also provides connections and support for parents and caregivers. Multiple locations in Brentwood and Sidney. Contact slorimer@beaconcs.ca for registration.

Peninsula Toddler Time

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Join us and enjoy a free weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This 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). To register: peninsulaearlyyears@beaconcs.ca Takes place on Mondays 10am-12pm at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears

StrongStart Saanich School District 63

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Families and caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework. StrongStart Centres located at Brendwood, Lochside and Sidney Elementary schools. Contact Lisa Kinshella with all inquiries.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

Pacific Centre Family Services Association

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people we 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

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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 West Shore Parks & Recreation Society's Board of Directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands, the Juan de Fuca Electoral area and the Town of View Royal. Each municipality contribute, through tax requisition, toward the operation of the parks and recreation facilities. Located at 1767 Island Highway, Victoria.

SEAPARC Leisure Complex

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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.

Family Story Time at Juan de Fuca Library

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Located at the Juan de Fuca Library, 1759 Island Hwy. West Shore Recreation Centre Complex.

StrongStart (SD62)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program School District 62 offers StrongStart drop-in programs for children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Programs are offered at Colwood Elementary, Hans Helgesen Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Ruth King Elementary, Millstream Elementary, Willway Elementary, and Port Renfrew Elementary (outreach program).  Please note that Sooke School District StrongStart drop-in programs are closed over the summer.

SPARK for Children

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program SPARKS is for Immigrant or Refugee children attending a new elementary school in Canada who want to improve their english, build stronger social-emotionall skills as they adjust to the Canadian School System. Takes places at elementary school across Victoria, hosted by Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS). The VIRCS office is at 1004 North Park St. Victoria.

Monthly Family Dinner

*Paused indefinitely due to COVID-19* Enjoy a delicious meal, meet new friends, and have a great time at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave.

Family Dinner (James Bay)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program This program will provide a place for families with children (aged 0-12 years) to network and support one another. We do crafts, art, games, reading and other activities, and a light dinner is provided. Takes place at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Fernwood Community Dinner

Fernwood Community Dinners are now on Mondays! We are serving our Fernwood Community Dinner’s on Mondays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Join us for a hot meal around the back of the Fernwood Community Centre. There is no need to register for this event. You will be able to enjoy a hot meal or you can take it to go. There is a vegetarian and sometimes a meat option. We will unfortunately be unable to accommodate any other special or dietary requests. Dinner is served until 6:10pm. When: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm Where: Around the back of Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue. Walk along the outside of the building and you will see us in the back, near the gym. We will be eating outside whenever weather permits. Cost: By donation, no one turned away.

Community Dinner & Games Night (Oaklands)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Join the Oaklands community for dinner and games! Meet your neighbours, share a meal, and have a laugh while playing cards and board games. Located at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria

Family Night

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Come enjoy meal with your kids! There will be activities and games for all ages. Fun for the whole family - pool, air hockey, arts and crafts, and games! There is also an outdoor playground for those who are interested. Located at Oaklands Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria.

Family Dinner (Burnside Gorge)

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Enjoy a nutritious meal with your family and meet other members of your community. Families need to register for dinner before Wednesday at 4 pm by calling the front desk at 250-388-5251. Advise if you are Vegetarian when registering. Thursdays from 5 - 6 pm at 471 Cecilia Road, Victoria. By donation.

Settlement Servies

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program Are you an immigrant or refugee looking for information on housing, schools for your kids, and finding a doctor?  Do you have questions about income tax and the Canadian legal system? Or do you just want someone to talk to who understands what it feels like to be an immigrant? ICA’s settlement workers are here to help you! ICA (Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria) is located at 930 Balmoral Rd, Victoria.

South Vancouver Island Gender Variant Drop-in

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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. Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30PM, at the Victoria Public Library, 1st Floor, 900s block group meeting rooms. Contact Marshall Kilduff at the number below.

Young Parent Play & Connect

January 2022: Due to current Public Health Orders, our programs are adapting often. Some programs are postponed, some are running virtually, and others are happening in person with enhance safety protocols in place. Please check in with program coordinators regularly or contact admin@snplace.org for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding during this time. About this Program A play and discussion group for parents under 29 years old and their children. Please contact Tanya to register. Located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

Downtown YMCA-YWCA

December 1, 2021: Some Y programs are currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please check the Downtown Y website for the most up-to-date information. 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

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. Between their two locations, Oaklands Community Centre and the Oaklands Neighbourhood House, they offer a summer and winter farmers market, a wide arrangement of recreation and fitness programs, a 2.5-5 yr child care centre, out-of-school care, camps, youth drop-in programs, community dinners, events, and learning workshops for everyone - from newborn to 99.

James Bay Community School Centre

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 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.  

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. Community Centre & Neighbourhood Houses Fairfield Gonzales Community Association is a City of Victoria recognized neighbourhood that works to create a connected, collaborative, inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable community. Offering varied child care services, programming for youth, recreation and food security, hosts community events, provides and promotes community planning and family drop-in programs. Location: 1330 Fairfield Road. Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 

Youth Programming The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association hosts both registered and drop-in based Youth Programming for youth grades 5-8. Registered programming takes place from Monday to Wednesday and includes Pro-D Care. Youth in attendance arrive from nearby schools and are able to access resources available at the Community Centre. Youth in Grades 5-7 are able to access drop-in programming on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30-5:30pm. Further, Youth who attend middle school are able to attend drop-in programming on Friday evenings from 6-9:30pm. All drop-in programs are available by donation. For more information visit our website or contact youth@fairfieldcommunity.ca. Recreation Programming The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association offers child friendly recreation programming. Registration is required for attendance and fees vary. Check out our website for more information: Early ChildhoodSchool Age. FGCA Family Talk – Laugh, Learn & Lunch Mondays- 1335 Thurlow Road (Garry Oak , 10:30-12:30pm An opportunity for parent and children to explore and play together, to meet other families and caregivers, and learn about the community resources. FGCA experienced childminding staff are available to support in the exploration of the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming includes a shared snack & lunch and group discussion. There is limited onsite childminding available and parents and guardians are required to be present on site. By donation. FGCA Parent & Tot Play group (drop-in) Tuesdays- 1330 Fairfield Road, 10:00am – 11:30am. Thursdays- 1335 Thurlow Road, 9:30-11:00am.  The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association offers drop-in parent & tot programming. Come and join us for some indoor play time! This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal atmosphere.  There will be limited supplies offered to maintain the health and safety of all participants. By donation.  Food Security Fairfield-Gonzales Twice Monthly Community Dinners The FGCA is excited to announce the return of our community dinner program! Come by the community centre to pick up a tasty meal to go to enjoy at home. There is no need to pre-register, meals will be available while supplies last on a first come, first served basis. Second and last Friday of the month (excluding December) from 4-5:30 pm, meals available for take out while supplies last. Cost by donation, suggested $5 for an individual or $10 for a family at Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road. Community Freezer Offers a selection of frozen foods available for community members to take what they need. Inside the foyer of Fairfield Community Place, open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Neighbourhood Pantry Offers a selection of non-perishable foods and hygiene items. Outside of the main entrance of Fairfield Community Place. Anyone is welcome to take and/or donate. Thursday Market Shop Provides a selection of rescued foods including fruits and vegetables, frozen food, dairy, and non-perishables. Food is available starting at 5 pm while supplies last. Please bring your own reusable shopping bags. Tuesday Pantry Shop Provides a selection of rescued foods including fruits and vegetables, frozen food, dairy, and non-perishables. This program is available by registration only, please call 250-382-4604 or email event@fairfieldcommunity.ca. Monthly Clothing Swap Do you need some new duds? Come shop for free on the first Saturday of the month! Donated clothing is sorted by our volunteers and includes clothes for all ages and styles! It’s free for anyone to participate – come and fill up a bag to take home. First Saturday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm at Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road.  Child Care FGCA Early Years programs includes three licensed child care programs for the children between ages 10 months to 5 years old. Our Early Years programs are child-led, play-based and outdoor-focused in nature. The FCGA believes that children have a desire to grow, play and learn, as well as to explore and construct knowledge about the world around them through peer and play based experiences. All our programs follow the Early Learning Framework and participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. The three licensed child care programs are:  Huckleberry Infant-Toddler Centre for ages Ages: 10 – 36 months; Camas Early Years center - Ages: 3 – 5 years; Moss Rock Preschool - Ages: 3 –5. See website for more information.   

Burnside Gorge Community Association

2022 COVID-19 Update: Programs are running in person, please call to pre-register.

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:

  • Child care – Licensed before and after school care, winter, spring, and summer day camps for children 5-11.
  • Youth Services – School-based counselling and recreation programs; youth outreach to at-risk youth and youth transitioning from Government care to independence; adventure day camps for youth during spring, summer, and winter breaks.
  • Family Services  - community-based counselling services for families who struggle with parenting, finances, and other issues that are a barrier to meeting their children’s needs; direct housing and financial assistance to families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; long term financial literacy and asset development for families in subsidized housing; parent and child programs including a weekly community dinner and a Resource Room for low-income families to access free clothing, food and toiletries.
  • Community Recreation and Special Events – Range of fitness and recreation opportunities for children, youth, families, and seniors; community-wide celebrations and special events.
  • Community Development – Community newsletter; Community History projects; Public Art projects; environmental initiatives such as Friends of Cecelia Ravine and the Cecelia Ravine Community Gardens; Neighbourhood improvement and place-making projects.

Quadra Village Community Centre

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. The Quadra Village Community Centre (Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee) is a safe and welcoming gathering place in the neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. They work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of their community: including prenatal support, children's, youth, family, and seniors. Call 250-388-7696. Located at 901 Kings Rd, Victoria.

Mustard Seed Family Centre

COVID-19 update: The family centre is open and assisting individuals on a case by case basis. The Mustard Seed Family Centre aims to reduce the impact of poverty on vulnerable families and when possible, breaking the cycle. They offer: group workshops to help with financial literacy, parenting, cooking, lifelong learning, employment strategies, visioning and goal setting; employment support, job search, referrals, counselling, emergency assistant, family dinners.

Downtown Community Centre

COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centre focuses on healthy living, health promotion and social diversity. The Downtown Community Centre provides free, healthy, recreation and life skill programs for adults and youth living and working in the downtown core with a special focus on helping people who are homeless, street involved and at-risk. Located at 755 Pandora Ave. Victoria.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

January 2022: Due to current Public Health Orders, our programs are adapting often. Some programs are postponed, some are running virtually, and others are happening in person with enhance safety protocols in place. Please check in with program coordinators regularly or contact admin@snplace.org for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

About Us
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, pregnancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. 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 SNP Royal Oak Neighbourhood House: 4525 West Saanich Road SNP Broad View: 3703 St. Aidans Street

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