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Organizations to help you get settled

Calgary is home to community organizations, and immigrant-serving agencies 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.

Looking for information on Syrian refugees and how you can help? See the Syrian refugees in Calgary page.

Community organizations

​Organization ​How they can help
​Bow Valley College (BVC)
332 6th Ave. S.E.
​Education programs and courses.
​Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers
Bow Valley College, West Campus, Room 219 300 - Sixth Ave. S.E.
​Employment services: resume review, interview counselling and study groups for professionals
Calgary Board of Education Main Office
1221 8th St. S.W.
​Enrolment for school age children kindergarten to Grade 12
​Calgary Catholic School District, St. John’s Reception Centre
15 - 12 St. N.W.
​Catholic school enrolment for children kindergarten to Grade 12
​Calgary Public Libraries ​The Calgary Public Library has 18 library locations in Calgary. There are many books to help adults and children learn English as well as free ESL conversation circles and writing club, settlement desks and citizenship classes. 
All locations offer free printing, photocopying, computers and internet. Find a location near you.
Genesis Centre 1000 Voices
7555 Falconridge Blvd. N.E.
​Recreation, sport and culture facility. 1000 Voices works collaboratively with over 40 service providers and houses more than 100 programs, including employment training, settlement services and programs for seniors and youth.


Immigrant serving agencies

Calgary has many immigrant serving agencies available to help newcomers. Most of these organizations can help with everything from housing and language training to employment and finding a social circle at no cost.

​Organization ​How they can help
​CBFY: Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
5920 MacLeod Trail SW., Calgary, AB T2H 0K4
  • In School Settlement
  • Mentorship program
  • Afterschool program
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Summer Program
CCIS: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
5th Floor, 1111 – 11th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 0G5
  • ​Resettlement and integration services
  • Interpretation and first language assistance
  • Language training
  • Computer services
  • Business and employment training services
  • Supporting counselling and referral services
  • Health orientation
  • Community connection
  • Volunteer programs
  • Family and child services
  • Youth programs
  • Seniors programs
  • You do not have to be Catholic to access these
Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
3820, 32nd St. N.E., Calgary, AB T1Y 7L9 or
1723, 40th St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2A 7Y3
  • ​Resettlement services
  • Language training
  • Employment services
  • Computer services
  • Volunteer programs
  • Children’s services
CIWA: Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
#200, 138 4th Ave. S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 4Z6
  • ​Resettlement services
  • Refugee services
  • Interpretation and first language assistance
  • Language training
  • Employment services
  • Computer services
  • Counselling services
  • Health services
  • Legal assistance
  • Racism/discrimination
  • Community participation
  • Volunteer programs
  • Family services
  • Youth services
  • Seniors programs
  • Children’s services
CFN: Centre for Newcomers
1010, 999 – 36th St. N.E., Calgary, AB T2A 7X6
  • ​Settlement services
  • English language training
  • Career development and job search services
  • Volunteer development programs
  • Business communication for accountants program
  • Youth development programs
  • EthniCity catering training program
  • Life skills program
  • Welcoming community initiatives
  • Children settlement program
ISC: Immigrant Services Calgary
#1200, 910 -  7th Ave., S.W. Calgary, AB T2P 3N8
  • ​Settlement and integration services
  • Interpretation and translation
  • Language assessment
  • Educational and career counselling
  • Citizenship preparation
  • Employment bridging services and mentorship program
  • Child and parent programs
  • Parenting and family support program
  • Men’s program
  • Counselling services
  • Volunteer programs
  • Youth programs
  • Seniors programs
​JFSC: Jewish Family Service Calgary
#420 5920 - 1A St., S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G3
  • ​Resettlement services
  • Interpretation and first language assistance
  • Job search services
  • Counselling services
  • Seniors programs
  • You do not have to be Jewish to access these services


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