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Empowering women to navigate life in Canada

Welcome to PIRS

Since 1975, the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) provides unique and essential programming for newcomer women and their young children. We are more than just an immigrant and refugee services agency. We are a supportive community dedicated to empowering women to rise out of isolation and build a vibrant and fulfilling life in Canada.

Vancouver Half-Marathon

Join us for the Vancouver Half Marathon, established in 1999 as one of Canada Running Series’ flagship events in Western Canada. Known for its scenic ocean-side routes and tremendous fundraising efforts in support of the Charity Challenge, this event attracts thousands of runners every year.

Whether you’re seeking a serious challenge or a fun activity for the whole family, the Vancouver Half Marathon has something for everyone. Participants can choose to run in-person or virtually in the 21K, 5K, and 1K Kids Race.

In Person Event: June 23, 2024
Virtual Event: June 1 – 30, 2024

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this iconic event and experience the thrill of running for a cause. Register now and join us on the journey to make a difference!

Pop Up Child Care Logo

Pop-Up Child Care provides on-demand, on-site, child care services by trained caregivers. This PIRS program provides immigrant and refugee women with child care training and employment and addresses the national childcare shortage.

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Adapt to Life in Canada

Kids Have Stress Too

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Get Training & Build Leadership

Pathways to Childcare Careers

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What We Do

We help immigrant and refugee women take charge of their lives

PIRS supports immigrant and refugee women and children to become active participants in Canadian society. We have programs that help women improve their English, gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive, and guide them to become leaders in our community.

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“I appreciate you all in PIRS highly for your support, encouragement and assistance in all things! Today was my first day of my first job in BC, Canada! … I definitely recommend others to join at PIRS as it is a valuable and prestigious organisation and was strongly helpful for me! My PIRS certificates shine in my resume!”

– Childcare Leadership Group Program participant


We are a women-led non-profit working with the community to break barriers

PIRS is driven by a community of compassionate women of diverse views and backgrounds. Together, we bring new, innovative ways to respond to community needs.

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Let us support you as you build a vibrant and fulfilling life in Canada.