Resources


The following links are to websites of organizations which provide free or low-cost services for families.


 

Calgary Services

informAlberta.ca (Phone: 211)
Free information on community, health, social and government services available to help you in Calgary.

Calgary Public Library
Internet access is available at any branch; visit the website for locations.

Calgary Transit (Phone: 403-262-1000)
Transportation: Calgary Transit offers a subsidized pass to those with low income.
Information and applications are available through the following services:

  • Calgary Transit: Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass
  • Calgary Transit Customer Service Centre
    Centre Street Platform
    125 – 7 Ave SE
    10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Bow Parkade
    234 – 7 Ave SW
    10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Programs and Services for Low-income Calgarians
Apply once for multiple programs and services for low-income Calgarians

 


School Costs

Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Board of Education provides school fee waivers. The information is available at your child’s school or on the CBE web site.

Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Catholic School District makes provisions for families who are unable to pay school fees – speak with the principal at your child’s school for more information.

Alberta Works (Phone: 1-866-644-5135 then dial 0)
Families receiving Income Support or AISH can receive help with school fees from Alberta Works.

Calgary Drop-In Centre CLIC Program (Phone: 403-699-8276)

Provides computers, computer training, and maintenance to families free of charge.

 


Clothing

Salvation Army Thrift Store
The website provides a list of locations within Alberta.

Salvation Army Calgary Community Support Services (Phone: 403-410-1111)
The Salvation Army gives work boots free to clients with a job confirmation.

Women in Need Thrift Store (Phone: 403-255-5102)
The website provides a list of locations within Calgary.

Once Upon a Child
Two locations in Calgary to find gently used baby and children’s clothing.

 


Food

Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (Phone: 403-253-2055)
The Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank provides free food to low-income people.

The Alex Community Health Centre (Phone: 403-266-2622)
The Alex provides several options for low-income families.

Good Food Kitchen (Phone: 403-538-3788)
Good Food Box is a service provided by the Community Kitchen Program which provides families and individuals with fresh fruit and vegetable food boxes at wholesale prices.

Women’s Centre (Phone: 403-264-1155)

The Women’s Centre has a variety of food programs, from food boxes to grocery vouchers.

 


Rent/Utilities

Calgary Housing Company (Phone: 587-390-1200)
The Calgary Housing Company provides subsidized rent.

The Red Cross (Phone: 403-541-6119)
The Red Cross provides a Community Housing Project for low-income people living in Calgary.

The Distress Centre (Phone: 403-266-1601)

Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program (Phone: 403-297-7453)
Housing and Urban Affairs offers a subsidy paid directly to an eligible tenant to assist with their rental costs.

Salvation Army Calgary Community Support Services (Phone: 403-410-1111)
The Salvation Army provides a Working Families Fund – one adult in a home must be working full-time for at least three months and must have children under 18 years of age living at home.

YWCA (Phone: 403-263-1550)
YWCA provides support for women and their children towards finding affordable housing.

Inn from the Cold (Phone: 403-263-8384)

Inn from the Cold provides housing assistance and affordable housing.

Attainable Homes (Phone: 403-265-9935)

Attainable Homes works to provide accessible houses for purchase.

InHouse (Phone: 403-452-6218)

InHouse provides affordable home ownership opportunities.

1010 Centre (Phone: 403-767-2427)

The 1010 Centre provides low-income housing and housing support in downtown Calgary.

 


Baby Needs

Best Beginning (Phone: 403-228-8221)
Best Beginning is a Calgary Health Region program that provides free information, support and referrals for pregnant women. Milk, vitamins and food are available as well.

NeighbourLink (Phone: 403-209-1930)
NeighbourLink administers a program called ICU2; this provides basic baby items (diapers, bottles, cribs, etc) to families for free.

 


Health Services

Alberta Child Health Benefit (Phone: 1-877-469-5437)
ACHB provides premium-free: dental, optical, diabetic and prescription drug coverage, and emergency ambulance to children.

Alberta Health Services – Dental Treatment (Phone: 403-955-6888 or 403-944-9999)
Information about dental services available to low-income clients.

Calgary Region Health Centres
Call the Calgary Region Health Authority for information on health centres.

CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society) (Phone: 403-221-8780)
Provides free basic health care and dental clinics.

Calgary Counselling – Youth (Phone: 403-691-5991)
Provides support and counselling for youth.

 


Sports/Recreation/Entertainment

Calgary Parks & Recreation (Phone: 403-268-3888)
Fee assistance, subsidies for programs, pools, leisure centres, golf clubs are available.

YMCA Calgary (Phone: 403-237-9622)
Fee assistance is available for memberships, programs, camps, and child care. Call your nearest location for more information or visit the link above.

KidSport Calgary (Phone: 403-202-0251)
Financial assistance and/or equipment for kids to participate in organized sports.

Girl Guides of Canada: Calgary Area (Phone: 403-283-8348)
Encourages girls to reach their potential. Financial assistance is available.

Scouts Canada: Calgary (Phone: 403-283-4993)
Adventure and the outdoors combined with educational activities. Financial assistance is available.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (Phone: 403-276-9981)
The Boys & Girls Club offer various recreation programs.

Kids Up Front (Phone: 403-444-4318)
Become referred by one of their partners (including the Burns Memorial Fund) to receive free tickets to various events in Calgary.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Provides grants for children to participate in sporting programs.

Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank (Phone: 403-569-1172)

Provides free hockey equipment and other sports gear.

Special Olympics Calgary (Phone: 403-735-1022)

Provides affordable sports programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

 


Newcomers to Canada

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (Phone: 403-263-4414)
CIWA offers services for immigrant and refugee women, youth, children and families.

Immigrant Services Calgary (Phone: 403-265-1120)
Services include language assistance and vocational assessment.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (Phone: 403-262-2006)
Business and employment training services are available.

Centre for Newcomers (Phone: 403-569-3325)
Family programs, language training and employment counselling are available.

New Canadian Friendship Centre (Phone: 587-390-0770)

Offers ESL Programs, conversation practice, citizenship test preparation, and support for newcomers.

 


General Services

Alberta Scholarship and Bursaries
Information about where and how to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help with educational needs.

Programs for Children, Teens and Youth
A list of services and resources in Calgary for youth (educational, employment, health, mentorship, legal aid, and more).

Tails of Help

Covers veterinary bills and pet ownership costs.

Carya Calgary (Phone: 403-269-9888)

Formerly Calgary Family Services. Provides individual counselling and group programs for all ages to strengthen families and provide support.

Calgary Association of Self Help (Phone: 403-266-8711)

The Calgary Association of Self Help offers programs and support for adults with mental illness.

Families Matter (Phone: 403-205-5178)

Provides parenting support, classes, and in-home support programs to families.