Our Vision / Mission

What do we believe in at CIES?

The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) 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.  CIES 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, CIES has grown from 5 volunteers in a single office to an employer of about 190 dedicated staff members and over 200 volunteers. CIES now operates and is in full ownership of two large facilities in Calgary’s SE Forest Lawn district and branch office in Calgary’s NE Whitehorn district. In August of 2018, CIES expanded its services to the Westwinds area of NE Calgary, where it offers LINC and employment classes. Since its inception, CIES has assisted over 250,000 clients to strengthen their identities as members of Alberta society, offering services valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Objective / Vision: An inclusive and pluralistic society.

Mission Statement: To provide innovative language education, customized employment training and placement, and integration services to newcomers and Canadians based on best practices.


  • Caring | We support others through compassion, understanding, and empathy
  • Inclusion | We welcome and embrace pluralism
  • Empowerment | We instill confidence and strength in ourselves and others
  • Service | We serve and build our community