Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. CIWA is a culturally diverse settlement agency that recognizes, responds to, and focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families. CIWA’s uniqueness is based on having a narrow gender related mandate, which has provided best practices in developing customised female focused initiatives. These initiatives always include children and their well-being as important outcomes of our engagement. During its 30-year history, CIWA has developed innovative programs, entered into partnerships and become an organization that is truly responsive to the unique and diverse needs of its constituency. Over the years, CIWA has made the transition to Canada a more comfortable, pleasant and successful one for more than 60,000 immigrant women.
Currently, CIWA offers 36 programs and projects that use a holistic approach to service delivery in the areas of settlement and integration, literacy and language training, employment support and bridging programs, family violence, parenting, individual counselling, in-home support, civic engagement, health, housing and community development. All clients coming to CIWA, for group session or individual appointments, have access to childcare support. We provide customised programs for youth and seniors. One of the most distinguishing features of our service delivery approach is community-based programming. We work in collaboration with community partners and offer programs and services in more than 100 locations around Calgary.