Through our Community Awareness initiatives, mainstream service providers, faith groups, and all Calgarians can gain a better understanding of immigrant needs, become more knowledgeable about diverse cultures, and become better equipped to welcome and assist new immigrants.

National Seniors Day 2017 – Inspiring Generations

Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, will be organizing the 7th annual National Seniors Day celebration at the Genesis Centre on Friday September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Officially designated by the Government of Canada, National Seniors Day aims to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors add to our communities. Our host for this year is the Genesis Centre and the event will also be a celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. The afternoon will consist of welcome addresses from all three levels of government, inspiring stories from seniors, multicultural entertainment, a fashion show, cake cutting and door prizes.

Minimum Wage Increasing

On October 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage goes to $13.60 an hour from $12.20. This minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents and young people, and employers must pay at least the minimum wage.

Below is a table showing the minimum wage rates 2016-2018.

Employee type Current Oct 1, 2017 Oct 1, 2018
General $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15.00/hour

(including land agents and certain professionals)

$486/week $542/week $598/week
Domestic employees

(living in their employers home)

$2,316/month $2,582/month $2,848/month

For more information about the changes to Alberta’s minimum wage, please visit the Alberta Government’s website.


Low Income Monthly Pass in Calgary

Starting April 2017, the low income monthly pass are provided on a sliding scale, which is a pricing system that assesses income and assign a purchase price based on income. It means the less a resident earns, the less he/she will need to pay for a low income monthly pass.

The sliding scale is based on the applicant’s income and the number of people in his/her household or other qualifying factors. Following is the sliding scale table from the City of Calgary:

Table source: the City of Calgary

To be eligible for the low income monthly pass, an applicant must be a resident of Calgary, and must be approved for the Fair Entry program. To learn about the Fair Entry, you can visit the City of Calgary’s website.


Cooking with Friends

Immigrant Services Calgary helps newcomers to make friends in our community. Join us “Cooking with friends” program to learn new recipes, enjoy great meals and practice speaking English. It starts next week at St. Thomas United Church and Knox Presbyterian Church. For more details, please click the posters below.

Passport Application Clinics at Immigrant Services Calgary

Are you a new Canadian citizen? Do you need help to apply for your Canadian passport? Immigrant Services Calgary is hosting free passport application clinics on Saturdays in September.

Please be aware this service is available by appointment only. To register, please call 403-265-1120 ext. 303.

Please gather and bring the following documents to your appointment.

  1. Citizenship certificate (Must)
  2. Guarantor’s information (See application form P6)
  3. Two references’ information (See application form P3)
  4. Emergency contact information (See application form P3)
  5. Two photos as required (See application form P4)
  6. Documents to support identify (Driver’s license, AB provincial ID card, AB Health card, etc.)
  7. Address information in the past two years
  8. Occupations in the past two years (Starting date, ending date, employer or school, address, telephone, field of employment or study)
  9. Mother’s maiden name
  10. Additional documents required for minor applicants under age 16 (See Child general application form P5)

Tell Me Your Story Project

Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program celebrated the end of an 8-week inter-generational project called Tell Me Your Story with a party.

The seniors were paired up with technically savvy youth volunteers who helped them use PowerPoint to document stories about themselves, their homeland and settling in Canada. Audiences heard stories from Pakistan, India, Yemen and Korea. As the weeks progressed, youth volunteers and seniors exchanged ideas, stories and developed a mutual understanding of one another. The seniors not only improved their computer skills but for many of them, this was their first public speaking opportunity.

The themes of their projects included dreams, travel, hope and establishing a new beginning. One senior in particular had a presentation called “Station of My Life” where she compared her life in India with her experiences in Canada.  For her, it is the old and newfound friendships that give her life meaning.

The final projects will be exhibited  during our National Seniors Day Celebration on Friday September 29, 2017.