20th National Metropolis Conference

Immigration Futures: Marking 20 Years of the National Metropolis Conference

March 22th - 24th 2018

Westin Calgary

Site Visits

Metropolis site visits

Come learn about the valuable work that local service providing organizations are conducting by attending the Metropolis study tours. All tours will meet at the Westin and be dropped off at the Westin Calgary (320, 4 Ave SW) et seront déposés au Westin Calgary. The study tours will be conducted in English and transportation will be provided. As space is limited, all interested participants are encouraged to register with the following access code: metropolis

Site Visit #1: march 21, 2018 (8:30am-12:00pm)

Registration (access code: metropolis):

1. The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth (CBFY) is a charitable not for profit organization that originated in the year 1990, serving over 13,500 individuals annually. For over 27 years CBFY provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrant and refugee youth and their families by enriching them with the relevant information, knowledge and experience as they build a life in Canada. CBFY believes in nurturing healthy partnerships with its partners, the Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, The Calgary Public Library, and Immigrant Sector Partners. The unique selling position of CBFY is its community-led and collective impact model, vast array of programs and services that serve as a continuum for holistic and cross-sectional youth development and the talented, diverse and multilingual staff that tirelessly serve “humanity with humility” to develop resilient youth who will thrive in vibrant and inclusive communities. Core Programs include: Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), Mentorship, Afterschool, RBC Youth Empowerment, Transition into Post-Secondary and Summer Programming.

2. Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (The Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre)

When visitors first arrive at the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre, they often comment on the lovely neighbourhood and the "feels like home" atmosphere we have created. Located in Bridgeland, this residential area is going through a wonderful revitalization, and boasts a combination of modern community living, and established residents.
Our 18,000-square foot resettlement house was built in 1994 and was funded entirely through the generosity of the citizens and corporations in Calgary, without any government contributions or grants. This beautiful complex is home to government assisted refugees for their first 19 days in Canada. We can host up to 70 individuals in our apartment-styled units. Six (6) different resettlement programs and services are provided within its walls. Our staff speak 20 different languages and over the years, 10,000 refugees have had their start at MCRC.
We offer a 24-hour dining hall (our staff provide two (2) home-cooked meals per day), laundry facilities, television and children's play room.
We look forward to hosting you at MCRC and sharing the story of Margaret Chisholm, the namesake of our building.

3. Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

For 35 years Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) has been holistically meeting the multi-faceted needs of immigrant and refugee women and their families. Our mission is to engage and integrate all immigrant women and their families into the community. We provide customized and gender informed services in the areas of intake, settlement and integration, employment, family services, and language training and childcare. During your tour of CIWA and a brief presentation, you will learn about the breadth of services we provide, our award winning programs designed around the unique needs of low literacy immigrant women, and how we design our services around the emergent and pressing needs of our clientele.
Having served over 90,000 newcomers throughout our history, our client-centered service model ensures the wrap around support required to address their complex need. Working with over 250 community partners, we ensure every client receives first language support, childcare, and the support they need to encourage their ability to independently access services and contribute in their communities.

site Visit #2: march, 21 2018 (8:30am-12:00pm)

Registration (access code: metropolis):

1. Centre for Newcomers

The Centre for Newcomers is the first point of contact for newcomers to Calgary needing settlement support and transition services as they begin life in Canada. Building community in Calgary since 1988, CFN welcomes 10,000 newcomers per year. We are a leading provider of both employment services and by extension, we support businesses, agencies, and communities throughout Calgary by providing training opportunities in workplace cultural competence. CFN believes outreach work means playing the role of liaison between community members and not only our organization, but any who can help those in need get access to care and services. By extension, working collaboratively with community stakeholders is a cornerstone of CFNs mission. It is this type of collaborative effort and support that has allowed CFN to venture into unique and broader community efforts such as our Indigenous Education Initiative, LGBTQ New Canadians Resiliency Project, Agricultural Program, Domestic Violence Project, and our Volunteer-led Syrian Refugee Integration Project- in addition to our employment, settlement, youth and language programs.

2. Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

CRIEC provides hands-on strategies that connect internationally trained professionals with career path success through programs such as mentoring, skill transferability workshops and real employer networking. This process starts at our offices – a small robust group of dedicated career path experts committed to serving the needs of newcomer professionals.

3. Immigrant Services Calgary

Since 1977, Immigrant Services Calgary has been providing a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada.   We provide assistance and first language support to immigrants and refugee populations in over 130 languages.  We employ a client-focused, integrated approach when working with individuals and their families to help them settle in Calgary. For 40 years, we have worked to make a difference in the lives of immigrant and refugee families and individuals. From our humble beginnings as a one-person team to becoming one of the largest settlement organizations in Alberta, we continue to offer a broad range of comprehensive programs and services to those seeking to make Canada their new home.  Our aim is to reach newcomers in a timely and responsive manner to facilitate a smooth transition, proper settlement and successful integration into the Calgary community. We work hard in collaboration and partnerships with our funders as well as corporate and community partners to ensure our clients have access to programs and services that can help them overcome the challenges that come with immigrating to a new country, thus setting them up to succeed in their new life in Canada. In 2016/2017 30,580 immigrants and refugees benefited from Immigrant Services Calgary' programs and services

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