We are here for you !

At La Boussole, we offer a full range of services in French to support you daily according to your needs.

DID YOU KNOW ?

La Boussole is the only organization in British Columbia to offer support in French to people living in precarious situations.

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Your administrative procedures

We support you in your administrative procedures, and we help you to receive social services in English, if necessary. Our social workers are available to each francophone in a precarious situation or who feels they need help.

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Help with access to legal services

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Orientation for Newcomers to British Columbia

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Housing search assistance

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Referral and/or assistance in accessing provincial and federal social services

 

health and wellbeing

Because it is often difficult to take care of yourself when you live in a precarious situation, due to a lack of time and resources, La Boussole offers you different options to help you stay healthy:

  • Psychological support;

  • Help to access health care services;

  • Referral to health services;

  • Accompaniment to medical appointments and/or French / English interpreting;

  • Prevention and support for drug users;

  • Creation of social links between community members;

  • Overdose response training: how to recognize them and administer naloxone.

Jobs and skills

One of our key missions is to help you in your job search paths. To do this, we have several strings to our bow.

 

Computer literacy workshops

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Regularly offered at La Boussole, these workshops aim to enable everyone to be independent in using a computer: a key criterion for improving their employability.

Employment advice

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Our employment counsellors at WorkBC offer full support around your professional project. Whether it requires new training or additional equipment, the advisers at La Boussole have the opportunity to help you remove these obstacles.

* for permanent residents and Canadian citizens only.

Job search assistance workshop

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La Boussole offers you a job search workshop and helps to access WorkBC services.

This is the time to ask all your questions about your CV, the keys to a good application and to find the relevant advertisements

Bilingual conversation workshops

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This workshop brings together Anglophones and Francophones to facilitate bridges between Canada's two official languages. Everyone is encouraged to speak in their second language. A way to raise awareness of the barriers inherent in a minority language.

 

Your emergency resources

La Boussole offers resources adapted to people in emergency situations:

Housing assistance

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Our social workers support you in finding accommodation suited to your needs, whether emergency or longer term.

List of shelters and temporary accommodation:

Download the housing search guide:

Food distribution

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Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., with our volunteers, we distribute hampers containing bread, fruit, pastries, hygiene products, masks and hydroalcoholic gel.

Find the list of food banks available in Vancouver:

Solidarity thrift store

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Do you need clothes?

We can help you. Let us know your needs and size, and we will do our best to find the right clothes.

To know more, contact us!

 

Cultural activities

 

Because life is also entertainment, we offer a variety of activities designed to please you.

Young and old, take some time for yourself.

 

La Boussole offers a wide variety of community activities promoting exchanges and learning to speak French, and stay in touch with Francophones from all walks of life.

 

You are invited to participate in several activities of all kinds: community garden volunteering, French-English workshop, writing, computer literacy workshops, photography workshops, employment assistance and DIY workshops etc. Come also celebrate the traditional events of Christmas, Halloween and Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Look at the calendar of activities to find out all about our programming!

Our special projects

 

Each year, we innovate by developing a new special project for you, a special event, a new partner, a show etc. These moments allow us to animate the community and show all of its diversity to the general public.

Following the letter project  Within reach of the pen , La Boussole is launching De la plume à la scène , a project of creation and theatrical expression with texts resulting from exchanges of letters between members of La Boussole and young adolescents. Extracts from the letters will be used for the creation of sketches around the themes that particularly emerged: nature, discovery, travel or more generally a plea for a society with more just values.

Registration Form 

While the pandemic forces us to distance ourselves physically, members and French-speaking immersion students engage in a series of correspondence exchanges.

In partnership with Radio-Canada British Columbia, the beneficiaries participated in radio and journalistic techniques workshops to better tell their stories.

A fresco of photos and ballads dedicated to members of the community: beneficiaries, employees or volunteers.

La Boussole members created a puppet show, "Welcome to Caribouville." This show is part of a project funded by the Government of Canada: a traveling show in French telling the story of francophone homelessness in Greater Vancouver.