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New Residents


Welcome to Abbotsford

The City of Abbotsford is situated in the central Fraser Valley of British Columbia and covers approximately 370 squared kilometers, making it the largest municipality by area in the Lower Mainland.  Abbotsford is known as the City in the Country, surrounded by agricultural lands that anchor the economy.  The economy is also fuelled by the manufacturing and the aerospace sectors.  The City has a dynamic and vibrant business community that is continuing to expand.  Our temperate climate, multi-cultural city and clean environment provide a quality of life that draws skilled creative people from around the world. Our university, UFV, was awarded A grades for education quality, student-faculty interface and registration process.

Please explore our website to view the multitude of City services local government provides as we continue to work toward our vision of being the City  to which all other cities aspire to be – welcome to Abbotsford!

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New to Canada?

The cultural diversity of Abbotsford is a source of enrichment and strength for the City.  Visit our diversity page to see what what our City is doing to support the integration of newcomers into the community.

In 2011, more than half (56%) or Abbotsford’s immigrants spoke non-official languages often at home, and these languages included Punjabi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Mandarin (Source – 2011 Census, Statistics Canada) Find out more by visiting our Census Data. 

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Abbotsford Community Services Multicultural and Immigrant Services 

Abbotsford Community Services provides many of the multicultural and immigration services to help newcomers.  Visit their website to find out more about their programs and services.

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