Cooperative ESL Ministries Society is an interdenominational Christian organization dedicated to welcoming newcomers to Canada. We serve people of all faiths and cultures—advocating respect and understanding of cultural, religious and language backgrounds.

We train, resource, network and consult to fulfill our mission–empowering churches to reach out in love to the immigrants and internationals in our communities.


CESLM hosts annual training events for staff and volunteers from church and community organizations that work with newcomers to Canada.

  • Spring & Fall Training: a half or full-day training event focused on current issues facing newcomers. Provides information and strategies for assisting newcomers plus an option for ESL facilitators to enhance their classroom skills.

  • Intercultural Communication Workshops: a half-day or evening workshop to raise intercultural awareness, learn about different cultural values and improve cross-cultural communication skills. Workshops are delivered at your church or organization by CESLM facilitators.

For information on our current workshops, contact or visit our Upcoming Events Page.


Through our community network, we connect leaders and volunteers from church and community organizations with representatives from immigrant-serving agencies.

  • Annual Networking Breakfast: a half-day information and networking event for volunteers and staff from churches, immigrant serving agencies and other newcomer community organizations.

  • Information, contacts and referrals to services for immigrants and other newcomers: connecting church and community-based programs to immigrant-serving agencies in Calgary by assisting program leaders looking for specialized services (settlement services, counselling, further education, employment preparation, etc.) for their clients.

For information on our Annual Networking Breakfast, contact


We strive to raise awareness among church and community groups to encourage openness and involvement in reducing the barriers faced by immigrants and other newcomers in Calgary by providing relevant resources.

  • Information and resources via our website, newsletter and annual workshops, conferences and networking events.

  • Encouraging interaction through Social Media: ‘Like Us” on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, sign up for our newsletter, or learn more about us via our contact page.

For information on our current workshops, contact or visit our Upcoming Events Page.


Thank you for partnering with us as we train and equip churches and volunteers to better reach newcomers in their communities. Your investment equips volunteers to invite immigrants out of isolation, serve them in a tangible way, and welcome them to connect with a Christ-centered community.