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Calgary Immigrant Women's Assocation


Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization to address the needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, youth, children and families.

CIWA has developed a reputation for its innovative and unique approaches to providing essential services to immigrant and refugee women. The demand for our services increases with each passing year as Calgary receives the fourth largest intake of newcomers to Canada.

We are the only immigrant serving agency in Calgary offering all-female programs and services. CIWA's Mission, Vision and Values guide staff and volunteers in our commitment to provide programs and services designed to empower women for the benefit of their entire family and our community.

Over the years, CIWA has been honoured to receive recognition for our commitment to immigrant women and their families by the community. Please click HERE to see CIWA's awards and achievements.




#200, 138 - 4th Avenue SE







Postal code

T2G 4Z6

Phone number

403 263 4414

Fax number

403 264 3914




Immigrants, Calgary, Women, LCP

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Content types

Policy analysis and Documented cases of abuse

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Free employment services, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Remittances and co-development programs, Trips abroad and re-entries, Recrutement / placement agencies, Housing standards, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, Status regularization procedures, Determination fair wages and labour shortage, (Im)migrant workers selection criteria, Right to equality (gender), Right to equality (national origin), Right to equality (social status), Right to liberty, Right to dignity, and Right to privacy

Geographical focuses

Alberta and International Organizations

Spheres of activity

Cultural and ethnic studies, Economics, Gender and sexuality studies, Health sciences, Law, and Social work


English and Other