Our History

For 40 years, we have worked to make a difference in the lives of immigrant and refugee families and individuals. From our humble beginnings as a one-person team to becoming one of the largest settlement organizations in Alberta, we continue to offer a broad range of comprehensive programs and services to those seeking to make Canada their new home. 


1977 Calgary Immigrant Aid Society (CIAS) is funded as the first settlement agency in Calgary. 

1981 Settlement Program is established.

1982 Citizenship Program is established.

1984 Receives Agency of the Year award from the United Way of Calgary.

1985 Immigrant Vocational and Language Referral Centre (IVLRC) is created. 

1993 ILVRC changes its name to Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment – Referral Centre (ILVARC) and becomes a centralized assessment and referral centre for the federally sponsored language training. Agency moves to current offices and the Board adopts Carver model of governance.

1994 Mosaic Family Resource Centre is created.

1997 Launches Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) 

2001 Receives the United Way’s Spirit of Gold Diversity Award.

2007 Adopts new logo and name Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) to mark its 30th anniversary.

2008 Receives the United Way’s Spirit of Gold Diversity Award.

2012 Celebrates 35 years of service to the community.

2013 Receives the Public Health Agency's of Canada Recognition Awards for valuable contribution to the Community Action Program for Children

2014 Receives a national award from the Government of Canada (IRCC's International Qualifications Network) for the success of its MAPLE 2.0 - Mentorship in Action Project. Additionally, ISC receives a certificate of recognition from the Prime Minister's office commending ISC for its commitment to helping newcomers build successful lives for themselves and their families.

2016 Receives a certificate of achievement from the Senate of Canada in recognition of the 20th edition of Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

2017 Reaches its 40th year milestone and celebrates with Canada’s 150th Birthday.