CIWA Story

get involvedCalgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982. CIWA is a culturally diverse support agency that recognizes, responds to, and is focused on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families. It is an agency of women helping women.


CIWA was established with the goal of addressing the barriers, needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.  During its 35 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 80,000 immigrant women.


CIWA focuses its financial strategy on strengthening core programs in the areas of settlement, language training, employment skills, and family services. We also respond to tenders for new pilot initiatives by developing innovative program ideas to compete with other agencies for government funding. We feel confident that our funders value the good work that we do for clients and our adherence to standards of professional accountability.


A key component to CIWA’s financial growth and sustainability involves the enhancement of fund development strategies through research, consultations, networking and development of strong partnerships. We will continue to work towards expanding funding for enhanced language training projects, skills training, and other projects aimed at supporting clients with basic needs and/or family violence issues. We hope that our effort to connect with the corporate sector will provide further stability for the organization through small projects that will benefit our clients and the entire Calgary community.