about directions for immigrants

Directions for Immigrants is a no cost career service centre that helps internationally educated professionals secure professional employment and gain accreditation. We work with professionals in any occupation in any industry. Our services are at no cost as we are funded by the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.

Proven Success

Since 2004, Directions for Immigrants has been operating as a career service centre focused on helping clients find the right direction.

Our approach is simple:

  • we provide clear, accurate, up-to-date information
  • we help clients create an action plan
  • we offer career coaching, workshops and study groups

We measure success as the percentage of clients who are employed in their profession and/or are pursuing accreditation in Canada.

Our clients' rate of success is 90%

Since May 2004:

  • Over 11,550 clients served
  • Delivered over 1,170 workshops
  • 90% of our clients are either working in their profession or pursing accreditation
  • Offered 257 study groups to 2,703 clients (job success and licensing)
  • 1467 clients have passed a licensing exam
  • 80% of the study group participants have passed a licensing exam
  • 63 licensed pharmacists
  • 129 international medical graduates (IMGs) have obtained residency, 38 in practice ready assessment, and 52 in the Alberta clinical and surgical assistant program
  • 198 internationally educated nurses have passed their licensing exam one of the last steps required before becoming a registered nurse
  • 401 engineers passed NPPE or FE exams

Who is it for?

For internationally educated professionals with a degree, diploma or trade certificate in any career plus a minimum of two years of work experience in your profession or trade outside Canada.

Please note the work experience does not apply to health care professionals.

Supporting Employers with their staffing needs

Directions for Immigrants works with a wide range of qualified professionals, with the skills and the experience to meet employers’ staffing needs. Professionals in the areas of health care, engineering, finance, IT, business administration, and many others, come to Directions for Immigrants to obtain support with their job search and accreditation process.

Directions for Immigrants is currently offering these no cost services to employers: candidate referrals, up to date profiles through Directions’ LinkedIn group and networking sessions through which employers can promote their companies and meet some of Directions’ clients.

Employers who are looking for a quick and easy way to recruit please call or our main line 403-770-5155.

Business Operation

Directions for Immigrants services is operated by Bow Valley College, and funded by the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. Bow Valley College is the largest English as a Second Language provider in Calgary with more than 20 years of experience in teaching English-language skills and almost 40 years of experience in educating adults in Southern Alberta.


Since 2004, Directions for Immigrants has been providing no cost career services to immigrant professionals who are seeking assistance with their careers. Along with a successful history of helping newcomers, Directions for Immigrants has established an extensive network of associations, immigrant serving agencies, employers, licensing bodies’ education and immigrant bridging programs all of whom play an integral role in helping immigrant professionals re-establish their careers. To date, Directions for Immigrants continues to enjoy serving a growing population of people who are critical to Alberta’s workforce success.

Professionals from all over the world, come to Directions for Immigrants to learn about the accreditation process for their profession and how to find work in Alberta. 

In 2008, Directions for Immigrants launched its newest service to help internationally educated health professionals. Clients now have access to a growing number of study groups, Career Coaches and workshops all developed to help establish a career in the healthcare industry.