For Newcomers


The following is a list of services for newcomers. 

Alberta Government
  • Improve Your English
  • Free online ESL resources for teachers and learners. The Government of Alberta, Human Services funded the development of a series of ESL lessons and activities. Lessons are aimed at learners with a CLB proficiency level of benchmark 6 with free downloads.
Bow Valley College

Directions for Immigrants at Bow Valley College assists internationally educated immigrants with information and support towards employment and accreditation in their professional field. Services provided include a resource centre, career coaching, workshops on job search and networking, and industry networking opportunities.

Directions for Immigrants also offers study groups to prepare clients for licensing exams required by licensing bodies. Study groups are available for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical radiation technologists, medical lab technologists, and engineers. Clients may also participate in job success study groups such as Clear Communication for Business, Clear Communication for Health Professionals, and Communication Works! Immigrant professionals can utilize the services of Directions for Immigrants if they are internationally educated, legally able to work in Canada, residents of Alberta, and underemployed or unemployed.

Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth engages immigrant youth and families to fulfil their potential in Canadian society. The organization offers school programs, homework clubs, a family assistance program, and summer literacy programs.

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 403.230.7745
  • Address: 620–5920 Macleod Trail SW Calgary, AB T2H 0K2
  • Website:
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society offers resettlement and integration services for newcomers. They also provide family and childcare support, seniors services, support for survivors of torture, LINC classes, computer training, notary services, career counselling, skills training, and English language instruction.

Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

The Calgary Immigrant Education Society has 3 locations in Calgary to assist immigrants and low-income Canadians to improve their basic language and computer skills. They provide various basic ESL courses, LINC programs, employment counselling, language training for immigrant professionals, as well as computer and entry-level jobs training. For more information, check our website.

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization to address the needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, youth, children, and families. They offer settlement and integration services, language training, childcare, employment services, and family services.

Centre for Newcomers

The Centre for Newcomers provides settlement services, employment services, English language training (LINC), family services, and training programs.

Christian Organizations for International Students
Immigrant Services Calgary

Immigrant Services Calgary agency offers a variety of services including interpretation and translation, English and first-language assessment, career and educational counselling, citizenship classes, settlement services and workshops, family support programs, and referrals. Immigrant Services Calgary also has a comprehensive directory of ESL programs in Calgary (view directory)

Jewish Family Service Calgary

Jewish Family Service Calgary offers basic needs assistance for low income individuals and families, counselling, resettlement services, services for seniors, and vocational support.

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 403.287.3510
  • Address: 420–300 6 Ave. SE Calgary, AB T2G 0G5
  • Website:
McBride Career Group: Bridge to Success

The Bridges to Success program at McBride Career Group provides pre-employment services for Albertans who require assistance in establishing and maintaining employment or accessing further education or training. Program staff work with clients to provide support and assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Student Micro Loans

Windmill Micro Lending, formerly the Immigrant Access Fund, is a charitable organization that provides loans for internationally trained and educated immigrants who need help with the costs of obtaining the Canadian accreditation or training to become fully employed in their field.

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