Are you a Newcomer to Canada with children and have questions about school system and settling in Calgary? 

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS Program), which consists of In-School Settlement and Mentorship programs, provides support, build cultural connections, mentors, and guides children and youth as they settle and integrate into their new life in Canada. 

The SWIS Program works in partnership with the two school boards—the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for youth and their families.

The SWIS Program is cost-free and serves immigrant and refugee youth ages 5-24 years old. Our team provides information and helps students connect with different services and activities so youth can excel in their school communities, understand the school curriculum and improve their academic skills. 

  • Group orientation sessions for parents to help them better understand and navigate the Canadian schooling system.
  • Group orientation sessions for parents to help them better understand and navigate the Canadian schooling system.
  • Access for parents to educational resources to help their children succeed in school.
  • Information and orientation sessions for youth to support their transition into the new school community.
  • Valuable resources for youth to help with their education, settlement and integration.
  • Cost-free, fun group activities & field trips throughout Calgary and the area.
  • Support in building new friendships with peers and developing positive relationships with teachers and community mentors.
  • English language practice in a safe and respectful environment.• Instruction and support on essential teamwork and life skills.
  • Leadership opportunities for building confidence and a sense of belonging.

The SWIS staff provides services in a variety of languages. Our services and programs are available at several schools throughout the city, housing complexes, public library, virtually or even at your home.

To book an appointment or for more information, please contact: or call 403.230.7745.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. In order to enrol in any public school in Calgary, all families with children who were born outside of Canada must register through following reception centres (by appointment only):

The Calgary Board of Education, CBE Welcome Centre
1221 8 St SW, Calgary, 403-817-7789

Calgary Catholic School District, St. Johns Reception Centre
15 – 12 Street NW, 403-500-2007


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