Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA)

Pre-arrival Services – Employment

The Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program offers help to immigrants before they arrive in Canada. This includes a one-on-one orientation, job search support, employment counselling, and workplace culture training.

We also can also provide referrals to other post-arrival services upon entry to Canada.


This program is for people who:

  • currently live outside of Canada
  • have access to high-speed internet

  • have approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to immigrate to Canada

  • have an English level (IELTS) 5.5+

Program Description

This program is for anyone who has NOT yet arrived in Canada.

To take part in the program you must provide one of the following immigration documents:

  • a confirmation of Permanent Residence document
  • a request for a medical examination letter (for Permanent Resident applicants only)
  • a passport request letter
  • a Canadian Visa
  • an IRCC invitation letter to obtain pre-arrival services

Attend a private information session

After you register, book an appointment with your Intake Counsellor. They will help you plan your career goals.

Free courses

There are several free courses you can take to prepare for your move to Canada. Your Intake Counsellor can suggest ones that meet your settlement and career goals. Course topics include:

  • job Search Strategies
  • soft Skills
  • workplace Integration

Free Employment Counselling

Your Employment Counsellor will also do a detailed skills assessment to help you find a job in Canada.

If you are looking for pre-arrival settlement help, please click here for our other program.


Available at these locations


200- 7134 King George Blvd., Surrey, BC V3W 5A3


SOPA courses helped me develop and gain knowledge of the new professional world with its different language, rules and formalities. With the SOPA team support and constructive reviews, I was able to achieve the goal that I have been dreaming of.

I will always owe my early success in this competitive job market, to SOPA and the excellent team!

Thank you for providing me with all the tools which helped me gain employment in my first weeks of my arrival and helping me start my new life on a positive note.


In partnership with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

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