Welcome to Calgary!
Calgary is the fourth most common destination for newcomers to Canada. No matter where you come from, Calgary offers many programs and services to help you begin to settle in your new home.
Learn what you need in the first few days, weeks and months of arriving in Calgary. Find out more about City and community services and programs to help you succeed in Calgary.
Calgary is home to community organizations, and settlement organizations who provide services and programs to help newcomers. Whether it’s finding the right school for your children, finding employment or participating in recreational programs, these organizations can help.
Settlement Organizations (also called immigrant-serving organizations) provide information and guidance to newcomers. Staff often speak several languages and they provide services at no or low cost.
The Calgary Newcomer Service Guide is a useful information tool for Calgarians, including organizations and individuals.
CLIP is a a Local Immigration Partnership—or a LIP— is a mechanism through which the federal government (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) supports the development of community-based partnerships and planning around the needs of newcomers.
LIPs seek to engage various stakeholders in a locally-driven strategic planning process including employers, school boards, health centres and networks, boards of trade, levels of government, professional associations, ethno-cultural and faith-based organizations, and the community and social services sectors.
CLIP is made up of a Council, an Operational Oversight Committee, and a number of Working Groups. The Council determines the priority areas and the LIP’s initiatives. Working Groups concentrate on implementing actions in specific areas of the settlement experience. The Operational Oversight Committee acts as a liaison between the Working Groups and the CLIP Council, and is comprised of the leads from each Working Group.
Over time, the research, coordination and engagement of CLIP lead to the development of a strategic action plan, which addresses local priorities. The action plan is implemented by Working Groups and an Immigrant Advisory Table provides recommendations based on members' lived experience. The implementation of the action plan will ensure a smoother transition and warmer welcome for immigrants to Calgary.
Between 2011 and 2016, the immigrant population in Calgary grew faster than the general population. The population of immigrants increased by 28 per cent while Calgary’s overall population increased by 13 per cent. In 2016, there were 383,065 immigrants in Calgary, up from 298,820 in 2011.
When immigrants succeed, we all do well. Immigrants contribute to the local and global economy through their experience and connections. This can increase trade and expand cultural awareness and activities in the city. When immigrants struggle to settle, they are less able to take part in the social, economic, cultural, and political life of the city.
 Statistics Canada. Municipalities in Canada with the largest and fastest-growing populations between 2011 and 2016. March, 2017.  Statistics Canada. National Household Survey Profile. National Household Survey year 2011; November, 2016.
More information about LIPs
LIPs began in 2008. There are now over 80 LIPs across the country, 11 of which are in Alberta.
LIPs are conveners. They host engagement opportunities for community members, agencies, private sector representatives, and others who want to contribute actions towards a local settlement strategy.
LIPs have local partnership councils that are made up of high-level executives from sectors across the community, including government. They are responsible for developing the strategy of the LIP.
LIPs obtain input from an Immigrant Advisory Table made up of immigrants from various countries, immigration periods, immigration classes, and age groups. LIPs also convene local working groups to hear from subject matter experts.
LIPs do not provide direct service to clients. They work at the level of policy and systems.
LIPs are required to conduct local research.
The City of Calgary is the collective impact backbone organization for Calgary’s LIP.