Anglican Synod of the Diocese of British Columbia

The Diocese of British Columbia is a regional expression of the Anglican Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and one part of the whole body of Christ. Established in 1892, the Diocese of British Columbia originally covered the entire Canadian province of British Columbia. Over time, as the population of the province grew, new dioceses were formed. The Diocese of British Columbia is now one of five dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC & Yukon, and includes 44 congregations on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia), and Kingcome Inlet.

Our Impact Why We Exist

We are a Christ-centred community, rooted in the Anglican tradition. We are called to transform the world by executing justice for the orphan and the widow, loving the strangers and serving the poor. We meet regularly for prayer, Bible study and worship in order to be empowered for Christ's service. 

We are a thinking church; we value reason and thought, and we value diversity as part of our unity. With our roots in the British Isles, our current expression has been uniquely shaped by a long history in a Canadian context. We are a progressive church, open to the leading of the Spirit in this time and place. We are committed to healing and reconciliation with the First Peoples of Canada. We seek the full inclusion of all people, are committed to serving the poor and working for economic equality for all people on these islands and inlets. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish, Nuu-0chah0nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw and we thank them for their hospitality. 

Our Story What We Do

Over 4,000 members strong, The Anglican church on these islands and inlets is actively engaged in service to our communities in the areas of healthcare, food justice, affordable housing, seniors' support service, prison ministry, military chaplaincy, environmental stewardship and activism, LGBTQ2 services, childcare, art and music, education, refugee sponsorship and newcomer support, poverty reduction and reconciliation. 

Anglican Diocese of British Columbia Refugee Sponsorship ProgramOur Programs How We Do It

A core ministry of our diocese, our Refugee Sponsorship Program, is supported by over 500 volunteers and through it, we have sponsored over 250 people fleeing war and oppression to come to Canada since 2015.

What You Can Do

Become a Refugee Sponorship Program Volunteer

We are currently seeking new volunteers to help meet the increasing demand for our newcomer support services. Opportunities for involvment are as varied as our volunteers, with flexible time commitments that will allow you to offer what you can, when you can. 

Some skills/abilities we are currently seeking:

  • Drivers (for appointments, errands and social outings)
  • Form and registration completion help
  • Education and lilteracy support (English language, basic skills tutoring, Canadian cultural awareness)
  • Friendship (extending hospitality, staying connected, forming relationships, invitations to events)
  • Grocery shopping help (identifying foods, budgeting, etc)
  • Financial advice (budgetting, banking)
  • Job searching and connecting

Donate Today

With increased need comes increased costs. The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia is absorbing the costs associated with administering this highly regarded program. We look forward to being able to help hundreds more people in the coming years. You can help us do just that by following the link to our CanadaHelps page found in the right-hand sidebar of this profile page and making a monthly donation. Thanks in advance for your support!


Catherine Pate
communications officer
250.893.7544 x249
Charitable Number: 118787142RR0062

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 1,750,000