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Organizations to help you get settled in Calgary

Organizations to help you settle

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. We also have a list of a variety of culturally diverse organizations​ who can help if you’re new to Canada.


1000 Voices and Genesis Centre

Phone: 403-930-3370

1000 Voices is a gathering place for the North of McKnight communities. It is located at the Genesis Centre.

1000 Voices is a place which can be used for community meetings, discussion groups, programs and services, cultural arts and local events. The facility also offers workplace programs and career counselling.



Phone: 403-263-9900

ActionDignity is a community-based organization that facilitates the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation and integration through collaborative action. They also offer various youth programs for newcomers and immigrants.


Aspen Family and Community Network Society

Phone: 403-219-3477

Aspen helps people break out of the cycle of poverty and create better lives for themselves and their families.

Bow Valley College

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Phone: 403-410-1400 | Toll Free: 1-877-297-2553

Bow Valley College is a public college that offers various services for newcomers:

  • Directions for Newcomers in Trades and Professional Careers. They offer 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 helps open doors to new career opportunities including teaching English as a second language, and careers in immigrant advancement and intercultural studies.
  • Assessment & Testing Services offers tests for academic entrance, employment, immigration, high-school equivalency, and certification. Testing for standard of English language proficiency (IELTS) is available on their website. You can also call 403-410-1700

Calgary Board of Education

Address: Kingsland Centre, 7430 – 5 Street SW​
Phone: 403-817-4000 Ext. 1

The Calgary Board of Education is Calgary’s public school system. 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 (Elementary, Junior and High School). Interpretation and translation support is available to parents; an appointment is required for service.

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

​​Address: 5920 Macleod Trail SW​
​​Phone: 403-230-7745 Ext. 201

The foundation provides services for immigrant and refugee youth and their families by providing appropriate information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada. Their In School Settlement Program:

  • Helps newly arrived immigrant families settle into new communities
  • Provides information on community resources and services in Calgary
  • Offers services in over 30 languages
  • Provides culturally sensitive services through a diverse team of Settlement Practitioners
  • Works in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), the Calgary Catholic School District board (CCSD), and the Calgary Public Library
  • Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Hosts workshops in libraries, schools, and community centres on topics such as Employment, Healthcare, School Systems, Financial Literacy, Accessing Social Benefits, Housing, Education, and more
  • Offers Functional English Conversation Classes to Newcomers looking to learn English

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Phone: 403-262-2006

This organization provides settlement and integration services to newcomers and refugees in Alberta. Some of their settlement services include:

  • 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

​​Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue SW​
Phone: 403-500-2000

The Calgary Catholic School District is the Roman Catholic separate school board in Calgary that offers separate school registration for newcomers (Elementary, Junior and Senior High School). Students who were born outside of Canada can register at the St. John Reception Centre before enrolling at a local school. They offer support to newcomer and immigrant youth and their families in adjusting and adapting to the Canadian school system and Canadian culture. They also offer interpreters to help families communicate with schools.

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

​​Address: 200, 138 4 Ave SE​
Phone: 403-263-4414

This association focuses on the concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families. They offer unique settlement and integration, language training, workplaces and family services.

Calgary Public Library

​​Phone: 403-260-2600

The Calgary Public Library system featuring various branch locations across the city. Along with various library services, they also offer services for newcomers such as:

  • Special workshops and programs for children and adults
  • ESL Writing Club, conversation clubs, ESL/IELTS books
  • Online courses, Learn English Storytime and ELL School Success

Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

Address: 105 12 Avenue SE
Phone: 587-894-7583

This not-for-profit connects newcomer professionals to strategies that will lead to successful employment outcomes.

Centre D’Accueil Pour Les Nouveaux Arrivants Francophones

​​Address: 1601, 840 7 Ave SW
​​Phone: 403-532-6334

This organization supports Francophone newcomer in their process of integration and social and professional integration on an ongoing basis.

Centre for Newcomers

Phone: 403-569-3325

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 and integration services include:

  • Needs assessment and one-on-one counselling.
  • Orientation to life in Canada.
  • LGBTQ+ settlement services.

Chinook Learning Services

​​Phone: 403-777-7200

Chinook Learning Services is the Calgary Board of Education's provider of High School Upgrading, Adult English Language Learning, non-credit Continuing Education (professional development, personal development & corporate training), and Off-Campus (work experience) programs.

The Immigrant Educational Society

Phone: 403-235-3666

This organization offers language, employment, and settlement training for newly arrived newcomers and low income families. Specifically, their Welcome Resources Information Program is an information service to help guide newcomers through all the different programs and services available in Calgary such as:

  • Traveling by public transit (bus or C-train),and buying a low-cost bus pass
  • Joining social groups and meeting new people
  • Finding a place of worship like a mosque, church, or synagogue
  • Applying for documents like a Social Insurance Number or Alberta Health Card

Referral to programs for language, employment, settlement, etc.

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