Family Services / Community Assistance


Hours of Operation, 09:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Family Services Office, 505 8th St, Nanaimo

Call (250) 753-8834 for more information.

Summer Camp – The Salvation Army Youth Department, 505 – 8th Street, Nanaimo

Each year 12 children ranging in age from 7 – 12 years of age are sent to Holiday Camp at Camp Sunrise located on the Sunshine Coast. Registration includes camp fee, transportation, snack and lunch.

For more information call: (250) 753-8834

Voucher Program

For those in need of clothing and small household items.

Free Income Tax Returns – Family Services Office, 505 8th St, Nanaimo

Free Monthly Tax Clinics will be available from 9amt 1pm to process tax returns by appointment only as follows:

Tuesday August 8th

Tuesday September 5th 

Tuesday October 10th

Tuesday November 14th

Please call Marie to book an appointment, 250 753 8834 ext. 409.

No Self-employment. Low Income only (Under $35,000 for an individual). Multiple years.

Pet Food Program

Access to free dog and cat food. Pet food is donated by generous local donors, including the Nanaimo SPCA and Bosleys.

9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday

Art Therapy

Art Studio for persons with diverse abilities – Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. September 26, 2023 – October 31, 2023

Adult Eco Art – Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 28, 2023 – October 26, 2023

Busy Bees Family Playgroup

Caregivers and their tots aged 0 – 5 (not yet in kindergarten) are welcome to come in and play!

Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Free play time and sometimes a craft to make from 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a snack brought from home (allergy friendly) 10:30 a.m.

Everybody clean up – toys away!

Music and Movement at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank 

Fridays 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.