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Calgary is a diverse and expansive city built on a quadrant system with easy access to the mountains and river valleys. Calgary’s appeal goes beyond oil, gas and cowboy hats. This city has something for everyone.
Lying at the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and at the meeting point of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in south-central Alberta, Calgary is the largest city in Alberta with over 1 million residents and growing.
Calgary has seen much economic success and is growing quickly. Alberta’s economy, driven by its massive oil reserves, is seeing its biggest boom in the province’s history. As a result, Calgary is experiencing an enormous boost in real estate,employment, and general population wealth. Alberta tends to have a more conservative or libertarian approach to governing and politics. The province therefore has some of the lowest taxes in all of Canada. Alberta’s political climate also ensures very attractive investor incentives and benefits, not to mention comparatively high wages and salary.
Calgary is close by to many national parks. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park are well known for their spectacular natural sites and year-round outdoor adventure opportunities – they are popular destinations for those who love to ski, hike, bike, walk, and enjoy the scenery. In addition to the natural attractions in and around Calgary, the city boasts a bustling nightlife, local theatre, and the world famous Calgary Stampede - an annual event that showcases the Cowboy culture of Alberta.
Calgary is a relatively new city gaining a place on the international stage. It is growing by the minute – expanding its safe and secure residential neighbourhoods, its growing and highly profitable commercial presence, and its continuing promise of happiness and prosperity to all who live within its boundaries. Calgary is a significant immigration destination with about 23% of its population coming from outside of Canada.
Calgary is proud to be home to some of the best primary and secondary learning institutions in Canada.
Whether you are looking for Public, Private or Catholic education, ESL classes, or schools that specialize in sports or the arts, Calgary has something to offer everyone.
The contacts below are a great place to start searching for a school that is right for you and your family.
To find daycares, pre-schools, family day homes, out of school care or group family care, the government of Alberta has a great child care search tool atwww.child.alberta.ca/home/ChildCareLookup.cfm
Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School District
There are 2 other school divisions serving the communities surrounding the city of Calgary.
Rocky View School Division | Serving communities west, north and east of the city of Calgary
Foothills School Division |Serving communities south, and south west of the city of Calgary
Calgary has a variety of specialized post secondary institutions available providing a wide range of world-class programs that help meet the diverse needs of new students including adult learners.
The University of Calgary
Mount Royal University
Southern Alberta Insitute of Technology (SAIT)
Bow Valley College
If you are looking for a specific health, safety, government or social service you can dial 2-1-1 in Calgary or visit the Inform Alberta website at www.informalberta.ca, Alberta’s province-wide service directory.
Alberta Health Care Insurance
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan is a service available to all permanent residents, and their dependants, of Alberta. There is absolutely no charge for this service, not even a monthly premium. You may choose to opt-out of the program, but every Albertan must register.
Alberta Health advises that if you arrive in Alberta ahead of your dependants you should maintain coverage for yourself and your family at the location where your dependents live. You will find application forms and more information on the program at: www.health.alberta.ca/health-care-insurance- plan.html
Healthlink provides access to health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The phones are always answered by registered nurses and anyone can call. dependants, of Alberta. There is absolutely no charge for this service, not even a monthly premium. You may choose to opt-out of the program, but every Albertan must register.
Below is basic contact information for medical and safety emergencies. For further information on preventative measures, please contact the departments at the NON-emergency numbers.
If you are experiencing or witnessing a medical or safety emergency in Calgary, you should immediately dial 9-1-1. This phone number will put you in contact with the Calgary Police, who will direct your call to the appropriate dispatch unit (Emergency medical services (EMS), The Calgary Fire Department, Emergency Police Services).
The Calgary Police
The Calgary Fire Department
Emergency Medical Services (EMS / Paramedic) and/or Poison Control
Below are resources and governmental web sites to help you with all aspects of immigration.
Alberta’s official immigration website has important information on moving to the province. Their checklists are excellent for planning all aspects of your new life in the province.
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
There are a few different ways to apply for immigration to Canada: this Canadian government website will give you all of the information you need, as well as the relevant application forms.
Career Connect helps newcomers upgrade or transfer work skills, relaunch careers or enter brand new professions.
Going to Canada
This invaluable resource includes information on immigrating to–and living and working in–Canada.
There are several organizations in Calgary that exist to support new immigrants to the city. The following agencies provide settlement services, education and employment support, and help with integration into
Alberta government provides a handy directory of provincial settlement services, employment support and language training
Directions for Immigrants
Bow Valley College’s Directions for Immigrants is an information resource for new Canadians looking to work in the professional industries or the trades.
There are so many amazing things to do in Calgary. Below is a short list of some of the fun places.
The Calgary Zoo
Saying there is so much to see and do at the zoo doesn’t begin to describe everything that you can do there. Besides getting to see some amazing animals from all over the world you can journey through the dinosaur park and learn about the giants from the past
This is Canada’s largest living history museum. Meet friendly pioneers, ride the steam train or cruise Glenmore Lake on the SS, enjoy the antique midway and be a part of the old west.
Canada Olympic Park
This is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Whether you enjoy skiing or snowboarding in the winter or mountain biking or checking out the Skyline zip line in the summer
Formerly the Telus World of Science, this hands-on science museum has exhibits and demonstrations for the whole family
Butterfield Acres is a great place to take the family and just watch animals eat hay and forget about the city! It is like a small farm which can be a lot of fun for little kids who have never seen live farm animals before.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Fish Creek Park is Canada’s largest urban park. The park contains a mix of forest and open prairie. Historic Bow Valley Ranch House (now a restaurant), archaeological sites, visitor centre and extensive environmental education programs are some of the parks attractions.
Calgary is an expansive city with many unique ways of getting around.
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Calgary is a transportation hub for much of central and western Canada. The airport, in the city’s North East, is the third largest in Canada by aircraft movements and is a major cargo hub. YYC has both the longest runway (4.2 km) and tallest freestanding control tower (over 300 ft) in Canada.
The city is divided into four quadrants (North East, North West, South East and South West). Much of the city is on a grid where roads are numbered with avenues running east–west and streets running north–south. In Calgary it is not uncommon to find non-numbered streets within a new community that have the same name prefix as the community itself so that streets can more easily be located within the city, but this also makes it very important to make sure you know if it is a Street or Road or Boulevard, etc… that you are looking for.
Calgary Transit provides public transportation services throughout the city with buses and light rail. Calgary’s rail system, known as the C-Train, was one of the first such systems in North America and consists of three lines (two routes) on 90 kilometres (56 mi) of double tracks. The bus system has over 160 routes and is operated by 861 vehicles
At any time of the year you can walk, run, ride or rollerblade through the entire city without ever touching a main road. Nearly 800 kilometres of pathways run along the Bow and Elbow rivers, connecting Fish Creek Provincial Park, Nose Creek, West Nose Creek, the Western Irrigation District Canal and the perimeter of the Glenmore Reservoir. Dozens of Calgary communities are linked by the pathway system and the City of Calgary works extremely hard to keep these pathways clear for use.
With another 290 kilometres of on-street bikeways, the city of Calgary can boast the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.
Recycling and Composting
The city offers a blue cart recycling program for all single family residences, as well as residential buildings with up to four units. The service collects paper, cans, cardboard, glass and plastics on the same day and from the same location as regular garbage collection. If you need a blue cart, please call 3-1-1. As well, there are a number of community recycling depots around the city. The city also offers electronics drop-off spots and special seasonal services or events, such as hazardous materials disposal days, Christmas tree pick-up, and fall leaf and pumpkin collection days.
Check out the City of Calgary’s website at calgary.ca for more information.
There is no curbside organics composting program, but the City of Calgary, working with Green Calgary, greencalgary.org, provides subsidized composters for your home for $25 each
Electricity and Natural Gas
The Utilities Consumer Advocate are our voice when it comes to Alberta’s electricity and gas markets. The UCA represents Alberta small consumers by advocating for reasonable costs, empowering albertans, safeguarding consumer interests, providing balanced representation and resolving concerns respectfully. They also provide unbiased information to help you decide which energy providers to use.
Check out their website ucahelps.alberta.ca to find out which energy providers are available in your city/town.
Call Before You Dig
If you plan to disturb the ground, find out where the buried facilities on your property that are owned by the utilities are as part of your project planning process. If, for example, you are planning to build a fence, the presence of buried facilities may dictate where posts cannot be installed, which may affect the design of the fence, including the location of gates
A large number of personal and legal transactions can be conducted through Alberta Registries, including: The issuing and renewing of drivers' licenses, registrations of birth, marriage and death, land title searches and transfers, personal property registration, personal identification, travel documentation, registrations of corporations, vehicles, and liens, paying fines (speeding tickets, ect.), The majority of these services are available from registry agents located in communities throughout the province. For more information on services offered through Alberta registries, or for where to find the registry closest to you, visit With another 290 kilometres of on-street bikeways, the city of Calgary can boast the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America