About living in BC
People from many cultures call British Columbia their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes international students.
Communities in BC are culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse, with immigrants accounting for approximately 28 percent of our population. An additional six percent of BC’s population is made up of Indigenous people, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
English and French are Canada’s official languages, with English being the main language of BC. There are many other languages spoken here as well including Cantonese and Mandarin, Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Farsi, as well many Indigenous languages. The people of BC, as in the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming.
BC has many alternatives to help you get around our beautiful province. Some options include:
All provinces in Canada use the Canadian dollar for currency. It is recommended that you use Canadian currency when you first arrive and while you are living in BC. You can visit any Canadian chartered bank, trust company, credit union, or a foreign exchange broker to exchange your currency.