Our Vision / Mission

What do we believe in at CIES?

Building the Future

Salim Sindhu

The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (C.I.E.S.) is a non profit registered charitable organization established in 1988 with one primary goal: to provide Calgary immigrants and economically disadvantaged individuals with a solid foothold in Canada and afford them the opportunities to grow into productive, confident and contributive Canadians.  C.I.E.S. is governed by a Board of Directors made up of devoted community-minded volunteers and operates through funding from both government and private organizations. From our humble beginnings, C.I.E.S. has grown from 5 volunteers in a single office to an employer of about 150 dedicated staff members and over 100 volunteers. C.I.E.S. now operates and is in full ownership of both our main office building in Calgary’s SE Forest Lawn district and our branch building in Calgary’s NE Whitehorn district. Since its inception, C.I.E.S. has assisted over 250,000 clients to strengthen their identities as members of Alberta society, offering services valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Mission Statement: Provide immigrants and economically challenged individuals the tools to be successful and active participants in the community.


  • To provide English as a second language classes to newcomers
  • To assist newcomers and low income Canadians to be more sufficient through employment
  • To provide fair access to newcomers to existing services and organizations by helping them overcome various barriers
  • To promote mutual understanding and respect between the mainstream and the ethnic communities on cultural issues

Objective / Vision: To help newcomers and economically challenged Calgarians become productive and successful members of society