Our Programs

CIWA serves clients representing over 140 countries and 135 languages. They come to Calgary with different levels of English abilities and educational and professional experiences. About 45% of the immigrant women we serve hold a Bachelor’s degree, college/trade certificate or higher and professional work experience from their home county, while over 30% of women have less than 12 years of education. CIWA provides women with the knowledge and supports to address the settlement challenges they face related to employment, community engagement, access to resources, English communication, cross cultural parenting, role reversal, etc. We also offer services to support senior immigrant women and immigrant girls as their settlement experience is unique due to their age and level of independence, physical health and surroundings. Both seniors and youth face challenges related to balancing societal expectations with cultural and familial expectations.

We offer wide range of programs and services in areas related to settlement, language, employment and family supports to address the diverse needs of immigrant and refugee women and their families. For more information, click on the type of support you need as listed below. All clients have access to childcare and first language support.

Our service areas include:

  • Settlement and integration services
  • Literacy programs
  • Language training programs
  • Bridge to work programs
  • Employment support
  • Programs for mothers with babies
  • In-home support
  • Family conflict counselling
  • Parenting programs
  • Youth programs
  • Civic engagement services
  • Crime prevention education
  • Emergency housing
  • Customized programs for seniors
  • Health education programs
  • Computer training programs
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Legal services
  • Tax clinic
  • Childcare support
  • Community development initiatives
  • Home visitation programs