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How can I help Syrian refugees in Calgary?

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

Financial donations

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.

​Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

915-33 Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2A 6T2
Telephone: 403 273 2962
Fax: 403 273 2964

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

5th Floor, 1111-11 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0G5
Telephone: 403 262 2006
Fax: 403 262 2033

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

#200, 138-4th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Z6
Telephone: 403 263 4414
Fax: 403 264 3914

Centre for Newcomers

1010, 999-36th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T2A 7X6
Telephone: 403 569 3325
Fax: 403 248 5041

​Immigrant Services Calgary

12th Floor, 910-7 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8
Telephone: 403 265 1120
Fax: 403 266 2486



  • 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

 In-kind donations

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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.

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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: