• Keep Us Going
  • The Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre
  • Survivors of Torture
  • Refugee Children
  • Employer Hub
  • Syrian Situation

With 35 years experience, we have grown to be a leader in resettlement. 
Over 1,500 volunteers devote their time to help newcomers, along with our team of dedicated professionals committed to the success of our clients.

Keep Us Going

Make a direct impact on your community by donating to CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society).

Help to Refugees 

Each year over 300 refugees immigrate to the Calgary area. They are often fleeing persecution, torture, or other human rights violations. They are leaving the familiarity of friends, family and their home country to make a better life. Our laws, foods, language and culture are all new to them.

In addition, CCIS supports the efforts of 10,000 newcomers looking to become active participants in Alberta's economic future.


Your donations can help with:

  • Medical supplies
  • Assistive devices
  • Transportation
  • Infant & baby needs
  • School supplies
  • Formula, vitamins, and personal care items
  • Housewares
  • Training and workshop costs
  • Field trips for children and youth
  • Arts and crafts supplies

Select your favorite program or allow CCIS to distribute donations where the need is greatest.



Be a Part of Our Success Stories

Mani Khaghani   VioricaandConstantin   Paul Ebong   Nicoles   Chritianah   Marion Petilosc   Thu Doanc   Cherryleen Lee


Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of
Government Assisted Refugees
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refEvery year, thousands of people are forced to flee their countries due to political instability or extreme poverty. They are ordinary people of all ages, genders, ethnic, religion and political beliefs. When they arrive, they have hope for the future, but little more than the possessions they were able to fit in a suitcase. The Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre (MCRC) provides temporary accommodation to newcomers as they begin the resettlement process in Calgary, and assists them in overcoming the initial obstacles of adjusting to a new country.

How You Can Help

Government Assisted Refugees (GARS) who are destined to Calgary are brought directly to MCRC from the airport and can stay for up to 19 days, until permanent accommodation is secured. 

You can help by providing personal items such as:

  • Daily care items.
  • Housewares.
  • New clothing.
  • School supplies.
  • Assistive devices and much more ...




Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of


Trauma is a very real component of life in a war-torn country. The effects of violence on families is quite dramatic.

How You Can Help

The healing process involves the rebuilding of trust, regaining a sense of balance and control, having a chance to talk about what has happened, and having a support network available when needed.


Your support will ensure that CCIS has the necessary tools (musical instruments, art supplies and so much more) to assist with process of engagement and community connection.


Success Story

Last summer, the Community Support Program for Survivors of Torture met a single mom with a history of traumatic experiences. She was overwhelmed with her memories, with the changes she was experiencing in Canada, and with learning how to navigate Calgary and its complex systems. The program introduced her to a volunteer who became a regular support, helping her with the adaptation process to life in Canada. Recently, the volunteer gave this update:

“I saw my newcomer about a month ago, which would have been almost a year from the time that we first met her, and I can’t describe the amazing change in her! During our first meeting, and during many more after that, I remember her being particularly shy and hesitant to speak in English. Well, a lot has changed since then. She practically talked my ear off during our visit. She also decided to stop her ESL classes and took a course to become a health care aid. She finished her practicum and is very hopeful she will get a full time job. Her next goal is to get her driver’s license so she can be a home care worker.

Her daughters are doing equally well. The oldest found a job and the younger daughter is adjusting quite well to high school. I spoke with her on the phone a couple of weeks ago and she said she has lots of friends already.

The change in the family is really amazing to me and it has a lot to do with the help of organizations like CCIS and incredibly generous people such as you.”






Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of


Every year, thousands of children are uprooted from their homes and countries to immigrate to a new country for a safe refuge or to escape extreme poverty. The Refugee Child Enhanced Integration Project was created to provide these children with extra support to deal with any resettlement issues which may have an impact on their emotional and academic performance. There are currently 150 children from 12 countries in 31 schools in Calgary who are faced with a major life change. With your support, we can continue to provide services for these children.

How You Can Help

Join us in working to allow these students to focus on their academic performance, thereby becoming successful Canadian citizens.

Success Story 

Ali (pseudonym) is a sixteen year old teenager who came from Syria, but was originally from Somalia. He arrived with his mom and younger sister. When Ali first started school, his teachers were very concerned about him because he began to isolate himself from his peers. He was withdrawn and didn't like school because he was afraid that others would make fun of him for the way he spoke English. He seemed depressed, and his family began to worry about him and was unsure about what to do.

aliAs part of intervention, RCEIP staff visited him in his home to find out what was going on. Staff believed that the best way to get him out of his shell was to use a Buddy Match. Staff introduced Ali to a another high school refugee student from the same cultural background. He committed to spending a few hours a week with Ali socializing and taking part in sports, such as soccer. Ali was also referred to attend two weeks of a summer camp dance program where he became the star of the performance. As others lined up to get his autograph and picture, staff were glad to see his self esteem increasing!

Ali is now a part of a community soccer team. He also took part in dance audition at school and was chosen to be part of the Young Canadians dance troupe. He has grown more confident and has become more approachable to other students. His interest in school has turned around and he now looks forward to going to school with his friends. Ali’s teachers report that he is doing well in school and there are no concerns with him. His family is happy that his spirits have lifted and he is integrating much better into his new life in Canada.





Through the generosity of people like you, our work has made a difference in the lives of
newcomers immigrating to Calgary.


Calgary continues to be a destionation of choice for an increasing number of immigrants and refugees. In order to embrace change, and to support the growth and prosperity of our city, we must create conditions for success, with welcoming communities where newcomers feel safe, accepted and respected. CCIS has many programs to help our newest citizens, one of which is the EMPLOYMENT HUB. This online job search website offers a variety of services and information for both employers and job seekers in Southern Alberta.

How You Can Help

CCIS works with the community in order to provide immigrant newcomers with the necessary resources required to adequately integrate into the Canadian society. Your donation will assist with program development and continue to enhance our services.





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Your support makes our work possible. The commitment and generosity of our donors allows us to continue our efforts at every level of the resettlement process.

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Fariborz Birjandian, CEO of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, praised the federation for creating the task force and thanked the community for its wave of support.

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