• Neighbourhoods
  • Parks, Recreation and Culture
  • What is going on in the city

Government Guide

Arriving at Calgary International Airport (YYC) Transporting Pets


  • Private Health Insurance
  • AHCIP (Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan)
  • Family Doctor


  • Short Term Accommodation
  • Long Term Accommodation

Cost of Living

Public Transportation

Important Documents and Banks Transferring Money Overseas Schools

Taxes Other Info


Calgary is a mix of modern and traditional Canadian Western culture located in the province of Alberta. It is known for its rodeos, national parks, and incredible hospitality.


Parks, Recreation and Culture

What is going on in the city

Government Guide

The following link gives you access to the government guide on how to settle life in Alberta.

Newcomer’s guide

Arriving at Calgary International Airport (YYC)

The airport is connected to the city. Check ground transportation options below:

Ground Transportation

Transporting Pets

Cats and dogs will need a rabies vaccination and you have to bring them with the vaccination certificate. How the certificate should look like is under the following links, as well as container guidelines.    Dogs Cats Other Animals


After arrival, when you have your permit handy, you will be able to apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). However, your coverage may start three months after your arrival date in the province. You should get private health care insurance while you wait.

Private Health Insurance

You can find an insurance company in your country and ask its representatives to quote the coverage for you.

AHCIP (Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan)

You must complete the application form, gather documents and submit the application in person or by email. You can learn how to apply here.

Family Doctor

In Canada, there are walk-in clinics and hospitals in case of emergency. However, you and/or your family need to find a family doctor to be responsible for your care.

How to find a family doctor in Calgary


In Canada, apartments for rent are usually available to move in on the 1st day of the month. My suggestion is to start looking for advertisement based on the date you will arrive. If you arrive past the 15th of the month, book visits to see places upon arrival.

Short Term Accommodation



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Long Term Accommodation

Popular websites to find places to rent (Always book visits to check the place in person – Attention to scams):

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Property management

The best 10 companies according to Yelp

Cost of Living

The following links give access to simulation of cost of living by city:

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Public Transportation

The most famous system to transit is called CTrain and there are also buses available in the city. It is possible to check the CTrain and the buses departures on the Calgary Transit Website (IOS – mobile app available). General Info Transit Fares Parking

Important Documents and Banks

  • SIN (Social Insurance Number) – The link SIN will help you to find the closest Service Canada Office. Required documents: passport and permit (original) + inform your address.
  • The ID card is available for those who do not have a driver’s licence in Alberta. You can get the ID with registry agents. How to apply
  • The 5 biggest Banks are TD, RBC, BMO, Scotiabank, and CIBC. They do offer packages for newcomers. (You can check the links below). Just keep in mind that you need to build a credit score in Canada if you want to buy a house or apply for a mortgage in the future, for example. The credit card is one way of building the score and the banks’ representatives will be able to explain it in detail.

Scotiabank TD RBC CIBC BMO

  • During the first 90 days, International Drivers that are on a work visa are allowed to drive with their home country’s driver’s licence and an International Driver’s Permit (which must be accompanied by their home country’s driver’s license).

It is also possible to exchange your country’s licence with a Alberta’s licence. Please, check on the following link if your country has a reciprocal agreement or not and how to obtain the canadian licence on both cases. Link

Transferring Money Overseas

Tips: Transferwise WesternUnion


“The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is the public school board in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We believe every one of our students is unique and personalized learning is the key to their success. From kindergarten to Grade 12, the CBE operates a variety of programs and services to benefit each and every student.(Calgary Board of Education)

Information for Non-Canadian Students and Newcomers

Find a School

Ministry of Education


Please, refer to the links below:

Tax Guide

Tax Calculator

Other Info

Renting a home in Canada? Who is involved?

The following link explains general terms, how to find a place, moving in and signing a lease, paying the rent, rent increases and moving out. Renting a home in Canada

My partner has work permit. Can he or she study english?

According to the CIC website, your spouse can study without a study permit if the program of study is 6 months or less.

Suggestion: Calgary International Learning Centre. Religious Organization that provides a variety of opportunities to learn, study and improve English language communications, understand local Canadian culture, develop important workplace skills and build friendships.

Are there places where I can find my country’s food?

Yes, there are. Calgary is a multicultural city. Local markets and big franchises (Superstore, Walmart, T&T) offer asian, latin and european products.

The best 10 International Restaurants in Calgary – TripAdvisor

My partner will look for jobs. Is there any support?

Your partner can get information from the Immigrant Services Calgary website (although the terminology immigrant does not include temporary foreign workers, the website shares news, events, webinars). Moreover, employment agencies are another option to seek for a job. Engaging in events or meetups helps to build networking as well as volunteering.

Suggestion: Locelle – a social network for women to help each other progress in their careers. One pager.

What are the emergency numbers in Calgary?

In case of Emergency dial 911

Non-emergency calls – Public Safety

What are the biggest cell phone and internet providers in Canada?

National Internet Providers – Telus, Bell and Rogers

VOIP Phones & Internet Service Providers

Mobile companies – Rogers, Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, Mobilicity/Chatr, Wind, Koodo and PC Mobile. The best, cheapest cell phone plans in Canada in Canada in 2018, according to Global News.

What are the Car Sharing Services in Canada?

In many canadian cities it is possible to find an alternative means of transportation, besides public transportation, bikes and taxis. They are the car sharing services, which require subscription fees and offer automobiles of different brands and sizes. You can find Car2go in Calgary.

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