Friendly City

Friendly City

Calgary is a diverse and prosperous city in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet. Fresh air, open spaces, parks and pathways, and mountains and rivers frame this beautiful place. 

With more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city and less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rockies, it’s easy to see why Calgarians enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.

But Calgary is much more than its geography. It is a place where, for generations, people have chosen to follow their dreams, build new lives, and find their place in the world. 

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Support Organizations


There are several organizations in Calgary that exist to support new immigrants to the city. The following agencies provide settlement services, education and employment support, and help with integration into society:

  • Welcome to Alberta Welcome to Alberta is the province's first smartphone app for newcomer settlement. With one-click access to helpful services, users can look up relevant information about key topics like where to collect important documents, finding a place to live, using employment services, and receiving directions to language programs.
  • Immigration Alberta Welcome to 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.
  • Directions for Immigrants - Bow Valley College an information resource for new Canadians looking to work in the professional industries or the trades.
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society a non-profit volunteer organization that provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in southern Alberta.

More Organizations

  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association supports the integration of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families into the Calgary community
  • Calgary Centre for Newcomers a non-profit organization devoted to assisting refugees and immigrants arriving in Calgary.
  • Immigrant Services Calgary over the past 30 years, this organization has helped over 250,000 immigrants settle into their new lives and homes in Calgary.
  • Calgary Immigrant Educational Society The mission of the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) is to provide education, multimedia information, job bank, and referral services to newcomers and economically disadvantaged Calgarians in an effort to help them find their rightful places in Canadian society.
  •  Calgary Newcomers' Club a non-profit social club run by member volunteers that provides women with the opportunity to meet and socialize with other women.
  • Cross Cultural Connections Directory 2014 – guide to numerous culturally diverse organizations
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Skills Assessment

Skills Assessment

For skilled workers looking to continue their careers upon moving to Calgary, there are a couple of assessment services that may be of interest.

International Qualifications Assessment Service 
The International Qualifications Assessment Service, or IQAS, compares educational qualifications from other countries to provincial educational standards. The service issues certificates of comparison to educational standards in a Canadian province, thereby recognizing education already achieved in countries outside of Canada.

Government of Alberta – Self Assessment Test 
The Canadian government has an online self-assessment test that can help you determine if you qualify as a skilled worker in Canada.

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Pet Friendly

Calgarians are animal lovers! And why not… they have access to the most urban park spaces and dog parks in North America, including over 150 off-leash areas totaling more than 1,250 hectares, it’s no wonder why over 1 in 10 people choose to be proud pup parents.

Animal Services

The City of Calgary provides a number of animal-related services to Calgarians, including: licensing, sheltering for impounded dogs and cats and adoption of unclaimed dogs and cats.

Rather than enforcing restrictions on pet ownership, the City sets standards for acceptable pet behaviour and enforces responsible pet ownership, view the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw


Interested in pet adoption? Calgary Humane Society is proud to be one of the only open-admission animal shelters in North America able to say “At Calgary Humane Society, every single healthy and adoptable animal is able to stay until they are adopted.” Calgary Humane Society is an open-admission shelter. Visit their website to learn more about how you can adopt.

Other animal rescue shelters and organizations to check out include:

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