On Saturday, September 22nd 2018 the Centre for Newcomers invites you to celebrate 30 years of life, love and laughter; of collaboration, innovation and service, all of which has worked towards the ultimate goal of building a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfill dreams and participate fully as citizens. We invite you to celebrate the accomplishments of all of us that make up CFN; our clients, partners, volunteers, staff and supporters over the last three decades. CFN will celebrate our 30th Diamond Anniversary at the Metropolitan Event Centre in downtown Calgary; an evening that will bring you a night of comedy featuring Noor Kidwai, with Shelina Merani and some surprise guests. Tickets are available now at 

Three decades ago CFN opened its doors with a singular yet collective mission; to support newcomers and the receiving community in becoming a diverse and united, through services and initiatives that create conditions of success for newcomers and that foster a welcoming environment in Calgary.

​What has happened over the course of 30 years is that CFN has gone beyond offering only settlement services, to become an organization that both serves and stands for the community as a whole. CFN seeks to assist the vulnerable populations of our city - populations that include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, the abused, and those with chronic health conditions, up to and including mental illness. All the while, CFN continues providing its core services of language, training and employment for those who have come to Calgary in search of a new life and to build a new home.

​In doing so, since 1988 CFN has assisted in building the kind of community all Calgarians want. Calgary is one of the safest and healthiest big cities on the planet, has been named the cleanest city on Earth, boasts one of the highest volunteer participation rates in Canada, has the highest quality of life in the world after Denmark, and every year since 2009 The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked our city among the most livable cities in the world.

​Calgarians have also long been known for their generous hearts and love of community. Whether it be Syrian refugees starting anew, evacuees fleeing forest fires in Fort McMurray or during the 2013 floods, we open our hearts and our homes in times of need.  And despite recent economic challenges, things are once again on the rise and Calgary remains one of the best places in the world to live and do business.

​30 years later CFN’s promise to the community is this: by welcoming newcomers, and supporting them to settle and integrate, by working collaboratively and in partnership, with a workplace culture that is founded on respect, co-operation and trust, we are making a positive difference in the lives of all Calgarians.  We sincerely hope you will join us on Saturday, September 22nd at the Met in celebrating our great city and the building of community here in YYC.


On Friday August 24th Amazon will be here at CFN to hold a job fair for the soon to open Fulfillment Centre Warehouse just north of Calgary. Amazon is looking for individuals who can thrive in a fast-paced environment that involves working with and around moving machinery. Fulfillment Centres are where associates bring Amazon orders to life for Amazon's customers. In order to be hired on as a Fulfillment Associate, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.

The giant Amazon warehouse is nearing completion and the company is looking to fill more than 1,000 full-time positions for when operations begin later this year.

The new Alberta facility will be located in Rocky View County, which has become a growing focal point for corporate logistics and product distribution in Western Canada. It has attracted companies like Walmart, which opened a $115-million food distribution warehouse in the area in 2010.
On Tuesday morning, media were given a hard-hat tour of the massive 600,000-square-foot warehouse in Balzac. The facility will receive, sort and pack all manner of items for delivery in Western Canada.

Amazon runs six distribution centres across Canada, with four located in the Greater Toronto Area and two in the Vancouver area. It also has corporate offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Amazon has more than 4,000 full-time employees in the country, but until this project did not have any major operations in Alberta.

CFN would like to extend our sincere thanks to Amazon for partnering with us. To register for this event simply click here.


CFN is proud to announce the return of self defense classes at CFN. Self defense classes often lead those who participate to walk out as determined, strong, empowered individuals ready to take control of their own lives. Self defense can educate by showing us the options available to take control, build our inner strength and feel safer.

To prevent and combat gender-based violence and exploitation, women will participate in two hours of self-defense training and participate in a question & answer session with members of the Calgary Police Services and Discovery House.  In the self-defense training offered by Western Canada Martial Arts Academy, participants will gain knowledge in:

Dealing with an immediate threat (getting away quickly to safety and calling 911)
Basic self‐defense skills and awareness
Effective and efficient striking methods to quickly get away from an attacker
Use of everyday objects for defense
Environment awareness
Improving coordination and fitness

The Calgary Police Services will provide information on how to call 9-1-1, what a person's rights are, basic safety and awareness procedures, to provide assurance that CPS will assist every person in need and that no woman will be judged. Discovery House will provide information on sexual assault and violence against women and in families.  They will also be there to provide on-site crisis counselling if needed.   Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of all speakers and trainers.

There will be a total of 32 sessions with each session being 2 hours of self-defense training followed by presentations, Q&A and snack/refreshments with Calgary Police Services and Discovery House.  These sessions will be held all over the city and although our focus is on immigrant women, any woman who wishes to participate will be accepted into this free program.  With a minimum of 15 participants per class and a maximum 30, we hope to train between 500  - 960 women and girls over the next year.

In the end, knowing that we have the ability to defend ourselves in any given situation we're put into often helps us more fully explore the world, take on new projects, meet new people and find new ways to engage with those around us. For more information or to register contact us at 403-569-3325.



This past week CFN joined Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen, with several members of our team accompanying him yesterday, as he attended his first ever Calgary Stampede. It was easy to see newcomers to Canada around him on this day feeling an immediate kinship with the man. Newly arrived and beginning the latest chapter in their own lives, they saw in Hussen an inverted reflection of themselves and a hopeful vision of their future.

Many know Hussen's story, but nonetheless it's a story worth repeating. It sits at the very core of what our country stands for and further still, just what it means to be Canadian.

As a young boy, Hussen left war torn Somalia to forge a new life in Toronto. He first resided in Hamilton and later moved to Canada's largest city in 1993.  In 1996 he moved to Regent Park.It was his experience living in Regent Park that drew him into politics. Hussen co-founded the neighbourhood association that pushed for the inclusion of more public housing in the $500-million redevelopment of the community, and eventually became a prominent voice as president of the Canadian Somali Congress. For his post-secondary studies, Hussen attended York University, earning a BA in History in 2002. Hussen later received a law degree from the University of Ottawa, and passed the bar exam in September 2012.

In December 2014, he presented himself as a candidate for a Liberal Party of Canada seat in the riding of York South—Weston for the 42nd Canadian federal election. Hussen won the nomination in a field of six aspirants and little more than a year later was named Minister of Immigration, Refugees an and Citizenship by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

The position the Honourable Minister now finds himself is not just a testament to his own hard work and dedication, but the kind of country Canada is and continues to be for all those who arrive here to start a new life. CFN sends our thanks to the Calgary Stampede and the Minister, as it was our honour and privilege to spend the day with you at your first Calgary Stampede!