On average, Calgary welcomes approximately 1100 refugees per year from around the world. Help all newcomers feel welcome by reaching out to the new family at school, visiting a new neighbour, or inviting them over for dinner or an outing. All of these experiences are meaningful and can help all newcomers feel settled and included in a new home and country.
Make a donation in support of refugees
Please consider making a financial donation to any of the following organizations:
- Calgary's settlement agencies who are actively working to support the arrival and settlement of refugees through programs, housing support and a range of important services.
- Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees). If you're interested in sponsoring a refugee family, visit the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Accociation priviate sponsorship guidebook.
Anglican Diocese of Calgary – Refugee Support Group
79 Arbour Wood Close NW
Calgary, AB T3G 4A9
Calgary Ethiopian Community Association
201 223 12th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G9
Calgary Kidanemhiret Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church
618 2nd Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T2E 0B8
Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Suite 1100, 500 – 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1M7
Eritrean Canadian Community Association of Calgary
Apt # 318, 223, 12th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G9
Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo St. Michael Church of Calgary
235, 8th Street N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 4G6
First Alliance Church
12345 - 40th Street SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6
Roman Catholic Bishop of Diocese of Calgary
500-1111-11 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G5
Call 211 to learn about organizations who are accepting in-kind items to serve all Calgarian, including refugees.
Visit the InformAlberta for a list of organizations who will accept in-kind items to serve all Calgarians, including refugees.
Volunteer your time and expertise
We are inspired by the outpouring of generosity and support from Calgarians.
Call 211 to get
connected with non-profit organizations across Calgary who engage with
volunteers to support refugees and others in need.
Visit the InformAlberta to get connected with volunteer opportunities in your community.
Visit Syrian Refugees in Calgary to find out about volunteer opportunities or how to make a financial donation in support of Syrian refugees arriving in Calgary.
Sponsor a Syrian refugee family
Government Sponsored Refugees
In Calgary, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) is responsible for coordinating the arrival for all Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) and supporting their resettlement. For more information about the Government of Canada’s plan, visit #WelcomeRefugees to Canada.
Privately Sponsored Refugees
Privately sponsoring a refugee family is an amazing experience. As a private sponsor, you and your group are financially responsible for all aspects of the family’s resettlement, including finding a home, helping enroll their children in school, helping them access essential language and training services, ensuring their health and well-being, and much more. Many Calgarians have come together to bring a number of Syrian refugee families to our city.
The process can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it before. The Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association can help you through the process. See their comprehensive guidebook
for more information.
Help newcomers and refugees get started in Calgary
Visit the Getting Started in Calgary page as the first step to connect newcomers, including refugees and their sponsors, to City and community resources and programs to get settled in Calgary.
The Newcomers Guide to Calgary provides important information for new residents in an easy to download and print format: