Welcome To ST. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Calgary


As exciting it is to arrive in Canada, settlement in a new place is always a challenge to an individual or family even if you have prior contacts or relatives in Calgary. Calgary parish takes great pleasure in welcoming the newcomers to the Church fellowship. Here is some quick starting guide as well as links to certain important institutions that you might need until you get familiarized in Calgary, such as obtaining Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Health Care Card, transportation, children’s school and university education, job search and other matters of interest.

We request all newcomers to contact any of the following listed individuals for assistance or information. We sincerely welcome you to Calgary and to the fellowship of our Church.

Applying for a Social Insurance Card (SIN)

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada, to open a new Bank account, file taxes, to obtain any tax credit or to have access to government programs and benefits

Link: SERVICE CANADA or call 1-800-206-7218 (Toll-free)

How to Apply

Applying for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

You must have Alberta Health Care Insurance to use Public Health, Clinical and Hospital Services which is to a large extend is free (except for prescription drugs, some services and special equipment etc which is covered under work benefits).

Everyone, including babies and children, must have their own health cards. Always carry your health card with you. You should be ready to show it every time you need medical services.

Website for more details and where to apply for your card: Alberta Health Care Card

Applying for an Alberta Driver’s Licence

Visit this link for information on how to obtain a Driver’s Licence in Alberta: Alberta Driver's Licence

Applying for Canada Child and Family Benefits

Housing, Education, Health & Related Services

Whether you are renting or planning to buy a house following links have some valuable instructions guides: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/buying/newcomers-housing-information



Health Services

Alberta Health Services Website

Hospitals in Calgary:

In case of Emergency, call 911

Malayalee Cultural Association of Calgary (MCAC)

An organization in Calgary for the promotion of arts, music and culture of Kerala, please visit for taking memberships and various programs offered: http://www.calgarymalayalee.ca

Centre For Newcomers

For a variety of services and programs for new comers to Calgary, please visit:http://centrefornewcomers.ca