NEW COMERS INFORMATION
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
- 1. In person at a Service Canada - Alberta Offices OR
- 2. Mail in a completed Application Form once downloaded and follow the instructions and check list within it.
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
Steps to getting a driver's licence
Driver's knowledge test
Driver's road test
Get a Class 7 learner's licence
Exchange a licence from outside Alberta
ID requirements for licences and identification cards
Applying for Canada Child and Family Benefits
- The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18.
- www.cra.gc.ca/ benefits or call 1-800-387-1193
- The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay. It may also include payments from provincial programs.
- Following are the various exciting Alberta Benefits you might be able to avail: Alberta family employment tax credit, Child benefit & Climate rebate
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
- Information on Schools & Universities / Colleges
- Finding a School Boards
- Foreign Credential Accreditation and Qualifications Assistance:
- Enrolling your child for school in Calgary:https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/registration/Pages/default.aspx
- Immunization for Children: Contact a public health clinic or family doctor or pediatrician to get immunized.
- Finding Doctors & Care (General Physicians/Family Doctors) who are accepting new patients.
- Finding Pediatricians/Specialists: Enquire with your family doctor and ask them for a referral
- Finding Walk-in Clinics
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