living and working in calgary

Explore more about Living and Working in Calgary


When making a decision on which Canadian province and city to settle and restart your career, it is important to gather basic information of possible locations. Aspects such as weather, population, economy and lifestyle have to be considered.

Calgary is a mountain-high city with unpredictable weather. The summer has temperatures that can change dramatically, reaching daytime temperature in the 30s and falling far below that during the night. The winter is usually pleasant, with temperatures in deep freeze levels for only a few weeks of the year. A special feature of Calgary winter is the Chinook, a warm, humid wind that comes from the Pacific Ocean and may increase the temperature up to 15 degrees in a few hours. Calgary, also, has more days of sunshine than any other city in Canada.

Out of a total population of 1.3 million people, 23 per cent is foreign born; British, Chinese, Indians, Philippinos and Pakistanis being the most represented immigrant groups. Calgary is the number four choice for newcomers to Canada, after Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

With the Oil and Gas industry as the predominant sector, Calgary is considered to have the strongest economy in the entire country.

Visit the following websites to learn more about lifestyle, community, careers, and the economic outlook of Calgary.  

Live In Calgary:

Calgary Economic Development: 

Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies:

Alberta Immigration:

Alberta Economic Development Authority:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:

Major Agencies Serving Immigrants in Calgary

For a complete listing of all agencies, programs, services and other government funded resources for immigrants in Calgary please refer to the following directory: The Employment, Training and Career Services Directory

Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers
Bow Valley College, Center for Career Advancement
Bow Valley College, South Campus, Room S3116

345 - 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4v1 Phone: (403)770-5155 Fax: (403) 297-3424

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
5th Floor, 1111 - 11 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0G5
(403) 262-2006

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association
First Street Plaza
Suite 200, 138 4th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4Z6
Phone: (403) 263-4414
Fax: (403) 264-3914

Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
1723 - 40th Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2A 7Y3
Phone: (403) 235-3666

Centre for Newcomers
1010, 999 - 36 Street NE,
Calgary, Alberta T2A 7X6
(403) 569-3325

Immigrant Services Calgary
12-th Floor, 910-7th Avenue S. W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3N8
(403) 265-1120

Immigrant Access Fund

To contact IAF:
IAF Program Assistant
16, 2936 Radcliffe Drive SE
Calgary, AB T2A 6M8
Phone: (403) 204-2667
Toll Free: 1-855-423-2262

Youth Employment Centre - YEC (ages 18-24 years old)
2nd Floor, 201, 315-10 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
Tel: 268-2383

16, 2936 Radcliffe Drive SE
Calgary, Alberta T2A 6M8