Calgary: A city where everyone is welcome

Author: Yasmin Jaswal

Calgary is home to more than 1.4 million people who come from all different walks of life. We are Canada’s third most diverse major city and home to over 240 different ethnic origins. More than 120 languages are spoken here and immigrants come to Calgary from over 150 countries.

Everyone is welcome in Calgary. It’s so important that it takes precedence in our economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, and our vision to be the destination for the world’s best entrepreneurs who embrace innovation to solve global challenges.

We welcome everyone to our city because we know diversity makes us a better, stronger city.

This September, the Government of Canada is taking part in an internationally celebrated event, Welcome Week, that brings together new and long-time Canadians to build strong connections and foster a sense of belonging.

In Calgary, we celebrate and support all of the people who make our city great in a number of different ways. Here are a few examples:

  • Support for new Canadians: There are a number of resources available for those thinking of moving to Calgary, as well as those who have just arrived in the city. Whether it’s answering questions about immigration to support with learning English, those new to our city will be able to find the help they need to get settled in their new home. The Calgary Local Immigration Partnership also works together with newcomers to connect, collaborate and contribute to shared prosperity.
  • Festivals and events: Calgarians celebrate their diverse community year-round with major events highlighting different cultures, cuisines and holidays from around the world. Whether it’s local restaurants serving up traditional global dishes at Taste of Calgary or massive fireworks displays inspired by countries around the world at GlobalFest, Calgary hosts hundreds of events to showcase and celebrate the diversity of its people.
  • Community-minded: Calgary is a city built on supportive networks. People here want to see their neighbours succeed and are willing to lend a helping hand to make sure that happens. This approach applies to business too. Calgary is known as a city where companies and entrepreneurs are willing to share resources, offer advice and make connections to help peers.

Nationally, Alberta has the highest volunteer rate (a volunteer survey highlighted that, 45.7 per cent of Albertans volunteered, which was higher than the national average of 41.1 per cent*), and Calgarians certainly help drive that number.

Volunteers are important community leaders, like Gurmit Sarpal, who founded the Royal Women's Cultural Association, an organization focused on helping immigrant women in Calgary build a better future for themselves and their families.

 

For more information on making Calgary your new home, visit our immigration page. This year’s Welcome Week runs from Sept. 10 to 19, visit the Immigration Matters webpage for more on how to participate.

*Source: Table: 45-10-0039-01, Volunteer rate and average annual volunteer hours, by definition of volunteering and age group; Table 45-10-0039-01, General Social Survey 2018, Statistics Canada, January 2021

City of Calgary’s Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Newcomer Guide

In Calgary, we celebrate and support all of the people who make our city great in a number of different ways.

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