More about Immigration

You’ve made a big decision in deciding to immigrate to Canada, and there are a lot of questions that you probably want answered before, during and even after the big move.

These links to online resources and government sites will help you with all aspects of immigration:

Immigration Alberta - Alberta’s official immigration website has important information on moving to the province. Their checklists specifically are excellent for planning all aspects of your new life in the province. There is also a French-language version of this site, Bonjour Alberta.

Career Connect - Career Connect helps newcomers upgrade or transfer work skills, relaunch careers or enter brand new professions.

More resources

Citizenship & Immigration Canada - There are a few different ways to apply for immigration to Canada: this Canadian government website will give you all of the information you need, as well as the relevant application forms.

Going to Canada - This invaluable resource includes information on immigrating to – and living and working in – Canada.

Moving2Canada - a network that offers objective, independent advice on all aspects of your move.

Social Insurance Number - This important card is required if you want to work in Canada: all employers ask for it.

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The 30-plus members of the Calgary Consular Corps represent countries from North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.

By using the individual country pages on the Consular Corps of Alberta website, you can learn where to apply for a visa, renew a passport, request assistance, or simply learn more about the many countries that are represented.


Calgary has dozens of cultural and ethnic organizations that are active in the local community.

The following groups hold regular cultural events and also often act as social clubs for their expatriate members:

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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Calgary has more immigrants than any other community in Alberta, and there are many English as a Second Language (ESL) schools in the city.

Some of the more popular places in Calgary for adult ESL classes are:

Many of Calgary’s immigration support organizations also provide ESL classes, while there are programs in place for younger students within both the public and Catholic school systems.

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