I. Important Immigration Documents
Your Record a Landing is your original record of immigration. Please keep in mind the following points about your Record of Landing:
· Immigration officer has signed and dated it.
· Information is correct and complete.
· Keep it in a safe place for life long.
(1) If you find incorrect information or if any information is missing on the document after landing, you may request to fix the mistakes. Please contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) call center at 1-888-242-2100 or visit IRCC: Record of Landing.
(2) If you lost your Record of Landing, please fill out the Verification of Status form to replace your document. To download the form and instructions, please visit IRCC: Verification of Status.
II. Finding a Place to Live
(1) If you want to research the rental rate and vacancy rate of the housing market, please visit
(2)Here are several websites where you can find information on available rental properties.
(3) When renting a property, you may be asked to pay for the cost of utilities, such as water, heat and electricity. Sometimes, the cost of utilities is included in the rent. To open an account for the utilities, please call 3-1-1 or 4-1-1 to ask for the contacts of service providers.
(4) If you have a problem with the landlord, look at the rules in the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS). For more information, please visit Landlords and Tenants.
IV. Health Care
You can apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) after arriving in Alberta. Basic medical needs are covered under the insurance, but there are medical services that are not covered.
New immigrants can apply for the AHCIP at a registry office. Please bring your Record of Landing, passport and a valid address.
(1) To learn about the ACHIP and the application process, please visit the AHCIP
(2) To learn about which medical services are covered and which are not covered under the AHCIP, please visit
(3) To look for a registry office location, please visit Registry Office
V. Language Improvement
Improving your English language skills can help you to fit in with your community, find a job, or attend occupational training. Most English language training programs follow Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The first step is to take an English test to know your CLB.
The Immigrant Language Assessment and Vocational Referral Centre (ILVARC) is funded by the government and gives free language tests to immigrants and refugees. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are all assessed. Please contact 403-262-2656 to book an appointment. For more information, please visit ILVARC-English Test
VI. School Registration & Finding a Daycare
If you have a school aged child, you need to have him/her registered with a school board after landing. There are two school boards in Calgary: the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD). Both school boards provide education to students from kindergarten to grade 12. For school registration, please book an appointment and bring proof of the child’s immigration status, the child’s passport and a valid residential address in Calgary.
- For the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) Kingsland Reception Centre contact information, and to find more information about registration, please visit CBE-School Registration
- For procedures on the day of registration at Kingsland Reception Centre , please visit http://www.cbe.ab.ca/welcome/Documents/Admission-to-the-CBE.pdf
- For more information about Calgary Board of Education programs, please visit CBE-Program Options
- For Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) St. John Reception Centre’s contact information, and to learn about registration process and documents required to register, please visit CCSD-Registration
Daycare services are provided to children under school age. Out-of-school care programs are available for children attending Grades K-6. Each program charges a certain amount of fees. Parents are responsible for paying for these childcare services.
(1) To search for a quality childcare service, please visit AHS-Child Care Lookup
(2) The Government of Alberta provides financial assistance to parents who have low income and need childcare services for valid reasons, such as looking for jobs, studying or working. For more information, please visit AHS-Child Care Subsidy
VII. Public Transportation/Transit
You can ride a bus or the C-train to travel around the city. A ticket or a pass is required to use the public transit system. A ticket is valid for 90 minutes for transferring between buses and C-trains in any direction. A pass will allow you to use the transit system as much as you need to for the day or month printed on the pass. Adult and youth Day Passes are only available for purchase at ticket vending machines at all CTrain stations. Seventh Avenue in downtown is a free fare zone. You do not need a ticket or a pass to use the C-train in that zone.
Visit and browse following site to see how you can get to all the attractions on public transit:
You can go to a registry office to get a driver’s license. The Government of Alberta has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) policy. A new driver needs to pass a written test for Stage One. In Stage Two, you must pass the basic road test to receive a probationary license. There is an advanced road test and other requirements that drivers must pass to receive a full license.
(1) For more information about GDL, please visit Alberta Transportation-Driver Licensing
(2) For more information about driving safety, driving knowledge and to prepare to write the test, please visit Alberta Transportation-Driver Guides
(3) The Government of Alberta has established policies for exchanging driver’s license and for GDL program exemption for new immigrants and Alberta residents. For more information, please visit Graduate Derivers License exemption program
If you plan to buy a used car, careful shopping, research and some common sense on vehicles is required. It is a good idea to shop with someone who is knowledgeable about vehicles. Alberta Transportation has provided some information about tools to check used car prices and advice on car inspections, mechanical fitness assessment and making final decisions. For more information, please visit Alberta Transportation-Buying a Used Car
It is a good idea to learn about Canadian currency, exchanging foreign money to Canadian currency, sending money to Canada, and opening a bank account.
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has prepared related information for new immigrants. For detailed information, please visit
IX. Job Searching
There are non-profit-organizations that provide employment preparation programs to help internationally educated professionals with job searching. For detailed information, please visit
Employment, Training and Career Services Directory:
and the employment resources on our platform
X. Government Benefits & Community Resources
There are resources in communities where individuals and families can get information and support.
(1) GST/HST Credit is a tax-free quarterly payment made to eligible individuals or families. If you are a resident of Canada for income tax purposes and 19 years of age or older, you may be eligible for the GST/HST credit.
New residents of Canada can apply for the GST/HST credit by completing the Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada( Form RC151, GST/HST Credit Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada) for the year that they become a resident of Canada.
For more information please visit CRA-GST/HST Credit
(2) Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18. If you are a resident of Canada for income tax purposes and primarily responsible for the care of your children under the age of 18, you may be eligible for the benefit. New immigrants or Returning Residents of Canada need to fill out and sign “Canada Child Benefit Application” form ( Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application) and include “Status in Canada/Statement of Income” form (Schedule RC66SCH, Status in Canada/Statement of Income) with their application. The completed application forms and supporting documents proving the immigration status and proof of birth for each child should be mailed to the tax centre corresponding to the province of residence.
For more information, please visit CRA- CCB
(3) Employment Insurance (EI) is a temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians and permanent residents who have lost their job through no fault of their own while they look for work or upgrade their skills. The individual needs to have worked enough insurable hours to be eligible for EI. Canadians who are sick, pregnant, caring for a newborn or adopted child caring for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, or caring for their critically ill or injured child may be assisted by Employment Insurance. For more information, please visit: Service Canada-Employment Insurance
(4) Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) is a non-taxable amount paid to lower-income families in Alberta with children under 18 years of age. ACB payments are made quarterly in August, November, February and May. Families need to file income tax return to receive the benefit, but there is no working income requirement. For more information, please visit ACB
(5) Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC) is a tax-free amount paid to families that have working income and children under 18 years of age. You need to file income tax return and there is a minimum working income requirement to be eligible for the benefit. Payments are made in July 2017and January 2018. For more information, please visit AFETC
(6) Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB) provides health benefit coverage for children under 18, and 18-19 year old dependents living at home and attending school. The intent is to ensure that children from lower income families have equal access to extended medical services. For more information, please visit: Alberta Human Services-ACHB
(7) Alberta Adult Health Benefit (AAHB) provides support to low income Albertans who are pregnant or have high ongoing prescription drug needs. The intent is to ensure that eligible adults have access to prescription drugs ,dental services, optical services, emergency ambulance and diabetic supplies . For more information, please visit: Alberta Human Services-AAHB
(8) The Calgary Board of Education waives school fees for low income families. Qualified parents/guardians can also apply for waiver of Transportation Fees, Music Instrument Rental Fees and Non Supervision Fees .For Fee Waiver application forms and more information, please visit: CBE- Fee Waiver http://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/fees-and-waivers/Pages/Waivers.aspx
(9) Calgary residents in financial need can apply for Calgary Transit Low Income Transit Pass.. The purchase price will be assigned based on a sliding scale pricing system. Applicants are required to submit Fair Entry application form and provide proof of address and household Income. For more information, please visit: Calgary Transit- Low Income Monthly Pass
(10) City of Calgary Recreation Fee Assistance Program offers low income Calgarians subsidized access to facilities that are registered with the City of Calgary and other programs offered by the Fee Assistance Partners.
(1) Community Resource Centers can provide you with resources, referrals, information and support. They assist individuals and families in accessing resources such as food, clothing, housing, employment and transportation. For more information about programs and supports, please visit: Community Resources Center Programs
(2) Calgary Public Library has 18 branches around the city. The library provides extensive programs for all ages, such as ESL conversation classes, reading clubs, computer literacy programs, and career seminars. For more information, please visit: CPL
(3) Calgary Food Bank provides emergency food hampers to individuals or families who are not able to afford food. Eligible people may receive up to seven emergency food hampers in a 12-month period. For more information, please visit: Calgary Food Bank
(4) Good Food Box (GFB) is a program from where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a very low cost. There are several locations in different communities where orders can be placed and the food boxes can be picked up. For more information, please visit: Community Kitchen Program-Good Food Box
(5) Making Changes Employment Association of Alberta provides programs, services and resources to empower women in transition overcome barriers to employment. Two of their programs provide business attire for women and clothing for teenaged girls (Age 12-18) from lower income families . For more information, please visit: Making Changes
(6) Women in Need Society (WINS) is a charitable organization which runs thrift stores at several locations in the city. Women coming out of crisis situations, transitioning to housing, newcomers to Canada or those who have fallen on difficult times can access free goods, such as clothes, household items, and furniture for themselves and their families through the Free Goods Referral Program (FGRP). For more information, please visit: WINS
XI. Immigrant Serving Agencies & Ethno-Cultural Groups
You can receive free services from immigrant serving agencies to meet new immigrants’ needs, such as finding a job, language assessments and classes, finding a place to live, and filling out forms and applications. First language services are available in most cases. There are also ethno-cultural groups in Calgary that provide support and services to the communities.
To search for an immigrant serving agency in Calgary, please visithttp://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/map/services.asp
- AFRIKADEY! A RTS & CULTURE SOCIETY http://afrikadey.com/
- ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE CALGARY ca
- ALLIANCE JEUNESSE-FAMILLE DE L’ ALBERTA SOCIETY (AJFAS) ca
- American Historical Society of Germans from Russia –Calgary Chapter http://www.calgarychapterahsgr.ca/
- BENGALI ASSOCIATION OF CALGARY http://bacalgary.org/
- CALGARY BULGARIAN SOCIETY http://www.calgarybulgariansociety.com/
- Calgary Chinese Community Service Association http://cccsa.ca/#slide1
- CALGARY CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE http://www.culturalcentre.ca/
- CALGARY ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (CECA) http://calgaryethiopiancommunity.ca/
- CALGARY FINLANDIA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION https://finlandiacalgary.com/
- CALGARY JAPANESE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – NIKKEI CENTRE http://www.calgaryjca.com/
- Calgary Jewish Community Center http://www.calgaryjcc.com/
- CANADIAN HELLENIC CONGRESS OF ALBERTA yoll.net
- CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL of CALGARY http://www.carifestcalgary.com/
- CENTRE D’ACCUEIL POUR LES NOUVEAUX ARRIVANTS FRANCOPHONES – Francophone Newcomers Centre canaf-calgary.ca
- CHILEAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION of CALGARY http://www.chileansincalgary.com/
- COUNCIL OF SIKH ORGANIZATIONS (COSO) http://www.cosocalgary.com/
- CROATIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE http://www.croatiancentre.ca/
- CZECH and SLOVAK ASSOCIATION of CANADA- Calgary Branch http://www.cssk.ca/
- DUTCH CANADIAN CLUB of CALGARY http://dutchcanadiancentre.com/
- Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary http://www.ecccalgary.com/
- HAITI ASSOCIATION OF CALGARY http://www.haiticalgary.com/index.html
- HELLENIC GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF CALGARY & DISTRICT http://calgaryhellenic.com/
- HINDU SOCIETY OF CALGARY https://calgaryhindusociety.com/
- Hungarian-Canadian Cultural Association of Calgary http://www.hcca-calgary.blogspot.ca/
- IRANIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY of CALGARY http://www.icscalgary.org/
- IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY http://calgaryics.org/
- JAMAICAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION ALBERTA (JCAA) http://jcaalberta.com/
- JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE CALGARY http://www.jfsc.org/
- MALAYSIAN SINGAPOREAN BRUNEIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION http://msbca.ca/
- MUSLIM FAMILIES NETWORK SOCIETY (MFNS) http://muslimfamilynetwork.org/
- NIGERIAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION of CALGARY http://www.nca-calgary.com/
- PHILIPPINE CULTURAL CENTRE FOUNDATION OF CALGARY http://pccfcalgary.ca/
- POLISH CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CALGARY http://www.polishcanadianassociation.com/
- VENEZUELAN – CANADIAN ASSOCIATION of CALGARY https://www.vcac.info/