St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Vancouver, Canada

By: St. George Coptic Orthodox Church  09-12-2011
Keywords: church, Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church

Welcome to St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Vancouver – British Columbia.

Pray for our service.

Overview on Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley different cities:

Greater Vancouver: includes Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Pit Meadows, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Fraser Valley: includes Surrey, Langley, Fort Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock

Approximate distance from some cities to the St. George church

1.       From Vancouver: 35 minutes

2.       From Burnaby: 14 minutes

3.       From New Westminster: 9 minutes

4.       From: Coquitlam: : 17 minutes

5.       From Richmond: 30 minutes

Our congregation is spread among all these cities mentioned above. However if you are looking to live close to the church, then you may select to live in Surrey.


Average January temperature: 3ºC / 37ºF

February average high: 7ºC / 45ºF

March average high: 10ºC / 50ºF

April daily high: 14ºC (57ºF)

Average May: 17ºC / 64ºF

June daily high: 19ºC / 67ºF

July average high: 23ºC / 74ºF

August average high: 23°C / 74°F

Average September temperature: 14.4ºC / 58ºF

Average October temperature: 10ºC / 50º

Average November temperature: 7ºC / 45ºF

Average December temperature: 3ºC / 37ºF

Average rent by city:

In BC and in generally in Canada, there are three types of properties which are Houses, Townhouses and Apartment. Although the average monthly rent will differ from one city to the other, but also will differ based on the type of property you rent.  The average monthly rent would from $700 to $2,000. In all cases it is important to select a rented property that is close to public transit.

Transit system and fares

Transit in Vancouver is very convenient, so you can take Bus, Skytrain (like metro), Sea bus and West Coast express (train). The following link will help you regarding schedules and fares;

Please pay attention to the difference between day pass and the monthly pass (which is a book of tickets that is good for a month and can be bought from 7 eleven, London drugs and Safeway)

Driver Licence

The provincial corporation responsible for driver licensing is called “The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia” or ICBC.

Normally you can drive in the first few months with your licence (presumably issued from Egypt), but you have to arrange for the new BC driver licence.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.

The SIN is required for a newcomer to Canada or a temporary resident, Children who are 12 years of age or older may apply for their own SIN.

Parents and legal guardians can also apply for a SIN for children under the age of majority of their province.

Where to apply for SIN

In New Westminster: 100 - 624 Agnes Street

Burnaby: 4279 Canada Way

Surrey: 109 - 12414 82nd Ave  

Vancouver: 28 West Pender Street and 757 Hastings Street West

Documents required:

Medical Service Plan (MSP)

MSP insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures

All BC residents must enroll to MSP and pay the monthly premium the rates are

Individual: $57

Family of two: $102

Family of three or more: $114

There could be assistance for permanent residents who have been in Canada for the past consecutive 12 months

Please note that: New residents in B.C. are eligible for coverage after completing a waiting period that normally consists of the balance of the month of arrival plus two months.

How to apply: please follow this link to fill the application

Working opportunities:

Most of our congregation works in almost all kind of jobs. For example we have doctors, pharmacists, engineers, realtors, accountants and sales representatives.

You can now go to the links that would help you to navigate the job market. Feel free to send your resume and will forward it to the respective person to fine tune it and also send you important tips that helps you in your job search and career advancement.   

Service Canada Centre Vancouver - Local Employment Services 

Service Canada Centre Vancouver (Sinclair Centre and East 10th Avenue Offices) offer a number of programs and services though various service providers to help the unemployed in Vancouver with all aspects of their search for work.

You arrived in Canada with your dreams, skills and experience. But have you arrived at the job or career you are qualified for?

The Skills Connect for Immigrants Program is funded by the Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development through , and jointly offered by and in the Lower Mainland, and with in Surrey. Skills Connect aims to help skilled immigrants move more quickly into jobs that match their experience and background. We provide specialized assistance to immigrants by helping them to prepare for and obtain employment in every sector of the B.C. economy including transportation, construction, manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare.

8161 Main Street, #200,
Vancouver, B.C...604 324-7733
- Immigrants and Newcomers

We are still working on this area from our website to get you the most useful websites and contacts. Please check it up often.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church

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Hungry for Hope

On a bi-weekly basis after mass on Sunday, members of the senior youth group provide sandwiches, snacks, and beverages to the homeless and other low-income individuals living in the Downtown East Side. If you would like further information about how you can help this cause, whether by participating or through a monetary donation, please contact Father Bisenty, Father Armia or Youssef Bissada.



This includes food and accommodation for the duration of the convention. Senior youth age 22 years and up. 4605 Cable Street – Lake Watchom.