Options Community Services Society
Monika Verma
Senior Manager, Immigrant Services


Options Community Services (OCS) offers immigrant services, employment services, services for families and children, youth services, homeless and housing services, volunteer services, crisis line services and a host of related programs and services. OCS Immigrant Services provides Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Settlement Program, WelcomeBC Settlement and Integration Program, Moving Ahead (Vulnerable Immigrant Population Program) and First Steps: Early Child Development Settlement Program. In addition to providing direct settlement services to newcomers, a key role of immigrant services is to increase awareness of immigration issues and barriers to immigrant integration at the community-level.

As a multi-service organization, we offer added value opportunities for linking newcomers to a range of services and connections within OCS and to the community so that they develop a sense of belonging and feel welcomed and engaged in our communities. Participating in Surrey LIP strengthens our capacity to accomplish this objective by giving us the opportunity to work with other stakeholders to systemize local engagement and improve coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration and leads to better outcomes for newcomers.