Organizations to help you get settled
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 provide information and guidance to newcomers. Staff often speak several languages and they provide services at no or low cost.
A Settlement Organization may help newcomers to:
Find translation and interpretation services.
Find information about assessing educational and professional qualifications.
Find information about a place to live.
Connect with child, youth, family and senior services.
Connect with legal help.
Answer financial and tax questions.
Connect with the community.
Fill out forms and applications.
Find English language training.
Access computers with Internet.
Assist with other general concerns related to immigration or settlement.
Aspen Family and Community Network Society
403-219-3477 | 2609 15 St NE #200
Aspen helps people break out of the cycle of poverty and create better lives for themselves and their families. Aspen runs the 10,000 Voices Project.
Career counselling and employment services.
Bow Valley College
403-410-1400 | Toll Free: 1-877-297-2553
Wests Campus W010 | 219, 300 Sixth Avenue SE | bowvalleycollege.ca
Directions for Newcomers in Trades and Professional Careers
Career services to help newcomers get connected to the workforce and restart their career in Canada.
The Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement to help open doors to new career opportunities including teaching English as a second language, and careers in immigrant advancement and intercultural studies.
Assessment & Testing Services - 403-410-1700
Tests for academic entrance, employment, immigration, high-school equivalency, and certification.
Testing for standard of English language proficiency (IELTS) available by visiting website at bowvalleycollege.ca/IELTS
Calgary Board of Education
403-817-4000 Ext. 1 | cbe.ab.ca
Kingsland Centre (Elementary, Middle, Junior and Senior High)
Children who are not Canadian citizens must register through the Admissions and Assessment Office at Kingsland Centre, even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada.
Interpretation and translation support is available to parents; an appointment is required for service.
Chinook Learning Services
403-777-7200 | chinooklearningservices.com
Non-credit adult continuing education (professional and personal development).
High school upgrading for students 18 and older.
The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY)
403-230-7745 Ext. 201 | 5920 Macleod Trail SW | cbfy.ca
CBFY provides services for immigrant and refugee youth and their families by providing appropriate information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada.
In-School Settlement Program
Orientation and settlement support to students arriving in Calgary prior to the start of school season.
Settlement support to newcomer students attending The Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District.
Basic Literacy English classes for newcomers.
Community based workshops on topics concerning newcomers to Calgary.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)
403-262-2006 | 1111 11 Avenue SW | ccisab.ca
CCIS provides settlement and integration services to newcomers and refugees in Alberta.
Over 70 programs delivered through a multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary team of over 250 professionals, collectively speaking 60+ languages.
Programs designed for every age group and demographic.
Employment, language training, skills training and advocacy are a few of the areas of specialty.
Calgary Catholic School District
403-500-2000 | 1000 Fifth Avenue SW | www.cssd.ab.ca
Separate School Registration for Newcomers (Elementary, Middle, Junior and Senior High)
Public education for students, Kindergarten to Grade 12.Students who were born outside of Canada register at the St. John Reception Centre before enrolling at local school.
English language support for preschool and school age children.
Interpreters to help families communicate with school.
Catholic Family Service provides Multicultural School
Support to newcomer and immigrant youth and their families in the Calgary Catholic Separate School District in adjusting and adapting to the Canadian school system and Canadian culture.
Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)
403-263-4414 | 200, 138 Fourth Avenue SE | ciwa-online.com
CIWA focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.
Intake, Settlement and Referral Services
Health care support.
Social services access.
Calgary Public Library
403-260-2600 | calgarylibrary.ca
Services For Newcomers: Special workshops and programs for children and adults: ESL Writing Club, conversation clubs, ESL/IELTS books and online courses, Learn English Storytime and ELL School Success.
Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)
587-894-7583 | 105 12 Avenue SE | criec.ca
Professional Immigrant Cultural Competency and Mentoring
Assists local employers in implementing appropriate strategies designed to enable skilled newcomers to secure and retain employment matching with skills, experience and education.
Centre D’Accueil Pour Les Nouveaux Arrivants Francophones
403-532-6334 | 1601, 840 Seventh Avenue SW | canaf-calgary.ca
Francophone Newcomers Centre
Assist Francophone newcomers in settling and integrating into Canadian society.
Centre for Newcomers
403-569-3325 | 1010, 999 36 Street NE | centrefornewcomers.ca
The Centre for Newcomers is a resource centre for Calgary’s newcomers and refugees to receive settlement and integration services as well as information.
Settlement & Integration Services
Needs assessment and one-on-one counselling.
Orientation to life in Canada.
LGBTQ+ settlement services.
The Immigrant Educational Society (TIES)
403-235-3666 | 1723 40 Street SE | immigrant-education.ca
TIES offers language, employment, and settlement training for newly arrived newcomers and low income families.
Welcome Resources Information Program
Education and school system outlines.
Settlement information sessions.
Language, career development, and employment resources.
Financial literacy workshops and banking information.
Immigrant Services Calgary
403-265-1120 | 1200, 910 Seventh Avenue SW | newcomerservicescalgary.ca
Immigrant Services Calgary is committed to being a comprehensive settlement agency working together with newcomers and their families to make Canada home.
Newcomer Settlement Services
Provide settlement services to newcomers to Calgary and assist through the integration process.
Employment support services.
Community initiatives and access program for seniors.
Civic education and citizenship classes.
Settlement and language bank centre.
Translation and Interpretation services.
Jewish Family Service Calgary (JFSC)
403-287-3510 | 420, 5920 1A Street SW | jfsc.org
Resettlement and Integration Program
Services cater to newcomers in assisting with all aspects of their resettlement and integration.
Specialized services are available for seniors as a part of The Way In Network, helping senior immigrants connect to services and supports they require.
Offers programs and services in clinical counselling, family life education, financial coaching and community support services.
Accessible to people of all faiths and nationalities.