Your rights when renting: Human rights in Alberta is a series of resources funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multicultural Fund. In this project the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) has created resources for multicultural communities to learn about their rental rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain what landlords are allowed to do and not do under the Act. The resources also explain what remedies are available and how individuals can access these remedies.
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Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW) is a provincially-based network of immigrant women's organizations. ANIW provides a forum for member organizations to discuss relevant issues and facilitate the development of solutions for issues that face immigrant women and their families.
This online resource is provided by the Government of Alberta and includes information you'll need before you arrive and after you get here. This website is designed to help make Alberta immigrant's arrival easier. The before you depart section has information on any documents one may require, as well as on jobs, professional associations, and cities and towns across Alberta. The after you arrive section gives information on schools for children, housing, training for employment opportunities and settlement agencies.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) is a non-profit organization which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta. With 29 years of solid experience in the design and delivery of comprehensive quality resettlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants, CCIS offers a wide variety of specialized services that were designed to aid and enhance the integration process.
Calgary Legal Guidance offers legal advice and assistance to newcomers who are looking for help in various immigration law matters. The Immigration Law Project can assist clients with: Making a claim for refugee protection, Preparing and filing applications for permanent residence, Applying for work permits,temporary resident visas and study permits, Family sponsorship issues, and Representation in specially considered cases. CLG offers three free legal advice outreach clinics at the following locations: Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) (403.263.4414) - Offering advice in Family and Immigration Law; Centre for Newcomers (403.569.3325) Offering advice in Family and Immigration Law; and Immigrant Service Calgary (403.265.1120) Offering advice in Immigration Law for permanent residents and Canadian citizens. Call each location directly to book an appointment
Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta. Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs.CSS is divided into Service and Program areas offered in five distinct Regions throughout central and northeast Alberta. Major Service areas include: Children, Family, and Community Service,Community Outreach and Disability Service, Immigration and Settlement Service, and Substance Abuse and Corrections Service.
If you are a current or potential immigrant to Calgary this website will connect you to resources to support your success in a new life in Canada. Services are provided by a large staff of multi-cultural professionals, who understand and have experienced the settlement process. The Centre offers a full suite of services, including: English language training for adults, supports for finding and retaining employment, and first-language settlement supports for individuals and families. With the assistance of Calgary Legal Guidance they are offering a free legal advice outreach clinic in family and immigration law.
Founded in 1984, Changing Together is a nonprofit, charitable organization operated by immigrant women for immigrant women. The mission of Changing Together is to help Edmonton and area immigrant women and their families overcome personal and systemic barriers that keep them from participating fully in Canadian Society.
The Edmonton Immigrant Services Association is a registered non-profit organization incorporated in 1976. EISA exists in order to provide programs and direct services relating to Integration, Settlement, Adaptation and Education for new immigrants, refugees and first generation Canadians in Edmonton and surrounding areas regardless of age, gender, religion, nationality or ethnic origin to assist them make a smooth transition into Canadian life.
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is a community agency that seeks to assist immigrants and refugees, coming to the Edmonton area, achieve full participation in the community, contributing their experiences and skills to strengthen and enrich the lives of all Canadians. EMCN have a wide range of programs and services that include English as a Second Language (ESL), employment services, settlement counselling, personal counselling, community development and community economic development, advocacy, and education.
This information sheet is produced by the Government of Alberta and offers basic information about some of the laws in the Alberta Employment Standards Code. Includes information about wages, days off, overtime and statutory holidays in an easy-to-read format. (PDF - 4 pages)
In this issue of English Express you will learn about human rights in Alberta with examples and illustrations. English Express uses simple and easy to understand English for anyone to understand their publication.(PDF - 23 pages)
The mandate of the Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) is to relieve poverty by providing micro-loans to needy immigrants in order to assist them in obtaining Canadian accreditation, upgrading or training that will allow them to obtain employment in their specified field. IAF offers Alberta individuals and corporations the opportunity to join other interested citizens who are establishing a fund to provide micro-loans for skilled immigrants.
Immigrant Services Calgary is a comprehensive immigrant settlement agency. ISC provides information on housing, education, the Calgary school systems, employment, health care, documents, citizenship and immigration, accreditation and general help in adjusting to life in Canada. Services provided also include offering advice in immigration law for permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
This online resource is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Topics include: Temporary Residents; Permanent Residents; Citizenship; Settling In Canada; Appeals; Refugees. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.
REACH is Edmonton's Council for Safe Communities. REACH is a community-based organization working to mobilize and coordinate organizations, community groups and Edmontonians to find innovative solutions to prevention and community safety.
This division of Alberta Employment and Immigration will help temporary foreign workers to learn about their rights and find solutions for problem situations. Booklets and brochures are available for employers and for workers. (Guide for Employees is available in 13 languages.) A walk-in office and a helpline are offered for assistance.
United Cultures of Canada Association is a non-profit community based organization located in Edmonton, Alberta. It provides a variety of program and services to Edmonton's multicultual community. Their mandate is to create situations of social inclusion for immigrant communities leading to their effective participation and successful integration into Canadian society. Included in the many initiatives offered by the Association are services, programs and publications on that provide information on human rights, residential tenancies, domestic abuse, interpreting services and a free Multicultural Family Law Facilitation (Interpreting) Service. This free service is provided to ensure equal access to justice for those who are experiencing language barriers and assist service providers and newcomer communities in family law matters, UCCA provides on-site and phone legal interpreting in a number of lanaguages.