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How We Help

Pre-Arrival

Start your journey to Canada with confidence through CCIS’s pre-arrival services. Receive one-on-one guidance, from housing advice to job assistance.

Arrival

CCIS’s friendly, multilingual airport team will offer you a warm welcome to Calgary and an immediate sense of connection and belonging in your new home.

Resettlement

CCIS provides immediate resettlement supports in housing, healthcare, service access, and more, to Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) to ease your transition to life in Calgary.

Settlement

CCIS’s settlement services are offered in multiple languages and designed to ease your transition into your new life here in Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Employment

CCIS’s employment programs will help you achieve your career goals in Calgary. From resume workshops to industry-specific training, we connect newcomers with opportunities to thrive.

Integration

CCIS offers programs to make Calgary feel like home for you, helping you make friends, learn about your community, and develop a strong sense of belonging.

HOW WE HELP - Services for Newcomers

We Support You Every Step Of The Journey

Through innovative programs addressing diverse needs of newcomers, CCIS is committed to ensuring a seamless and positive resettlement process, offering not only practical support but also fostering community and belonging by connecting newcomers with each other and the wider community. Offering more than just services for immigrants, refugees and all newcomers to Calgary and Southern Alberta, CCIS stands as a community partner, guide and supporter, welcoming, supporting and celebrating the journeys of those seeking a new home. Welcome to CCIS, where every story is valued, every journey is respected, and every individual has the opportunity to flourish. 

Services for Newcomers

Choose The Service You Need

At CCIS, we strive to offer support to a wide range of newcomers, including immigrants, refugees, temporary foreign workers, as well as community members facing distinct challenges. Whether it’s aiding with settlement, providing educational assistance or delivering employment training, our aim is to empower individuals and families. We seek to nurture a feeling of belonging and resilience as newcomers embark on their transformative journey. 

Programs in the community

Featured Community Partner Programs

Temporary Foreign Workers

Discover how CCIS is dedicated to the well-being and successful integration of the TFW demographic in Calgary.

Calgary West Newcomers

CWESS facilitates and supports Calgary’s west zone to enhance the overall settlement process.

Newcomer Research Library

Your resource for community-based knowledge, practices from service providers, and academic research on immigrants and refugees in Alberta.

Francophones

Discover seamless immigration support services in French at CCIS, ensuring a smooth transition for Francophone individuals in Calgary and southern Alberta.

Urban Farming

A transformative urban farming initiative in southeast Calgary fostering community, social connection, and food security through partnerships with newcomers and refugees.

Language Learning

Tailored programs focused on essential linguistic skills for effective communication, employment, and social engagement, ensuring confident integration into Calgary's diverse community.

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WHY CHOOSE US

Many Lives Changed

CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society) is a non-profit organization which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta.

Since our inception in 1981, we have been a community leader with solid experience in the design and delivery of comprehensive services for our newest neighbours. We deliver these services through a dynamic multi-cultural, multi-denominational and multi-disciplinary team of professionals, who collectively speak over 70 languages.

In partnership, we empower immigrants and refugees to successfully settle and integrate in our communities.

An inclusive society where immigrants and refugees can reach their full potential.

CCIS believes:

  • CCIS Value

    In an environment which enhances self-esteem and respect for all.

  • That each individual is unique and of value.

  • That we all have a responsibility to build a healthy community.

  • In a holistic approach in working with individuals and community.

  • In constant attention, sensitivity and flexibility throughout the ongoing process of relationship building.

  • In ethical practices.

  • In volunteerism.

  • In innovation and creativity.

People in cities around the world have taken a united stand against police brutality and systemic racism. It is heartening to hear this collective call to end the policies and practices, entrenched in our institutions, that result in the exclusion and oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community.   

It is important for each of us to remember that the racism and oppression we see in our justice systems and police forces are symbolic of the prejudices that exist in our society as a whole. We must therefore work together to eradicate racism, not only from our institutions, but from every aspect of our communities.

The responsibility lies with each of us to identify, address and prevent instances of racial discrimination, and prejudiced attitudes and behaviours. By addressing both individual and systemic racism, we can set an example for our children, and move closer to a society that upholds justice, equality, and respect for all.

CCIS believes that every person is unique, of value, and deserving of equality and respect. We also believe in working together to build healthy communities. Our organization’s vision is a society wherein immigrants and refugees, and all people, can reach their full potential. This vision can only be achieved if we collectively combat racism in all its forms and shapes.

CCIS continues to take an active role in standing against individual and systemic racism and oppression, and we wish to express our solidarity with those in our city, and around the world, who are working together for a better tomorrow.

$293,000 Donations (including "in kind") in 2023
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30,566 volunteer hours in 2023
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30,500 Newcomers Served in 2023
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DONATE NOW

Make A Direct Impact on Your Community by Donating to CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society).

We acknowledge all donors who contribute so generously to CCIS. Your contribution honours the courage and resiliency of Alberta’s newest residents.

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