Settlement Services in the Bow Valley

Settlement Services in the Bow Valley – a program through the Town of Banff, in partnership with the Town of Canmore, Canadian Rockies Public Schools and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy – is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. All services are free and confidential.

Our services support Permanent Residents, Live-in Caregivers, Refugees and Temporary Foreign Workers transitioning to permanent status who are living in the Bow Valley – Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis – no matter the length of time living in Canada.

Family by Bridge

Our Settlement Services will work with you to identify your settlement needs, and help you use your strengths and resources to achieve you and your family's settlement goals.

Upcoming Information Sessions





Rights, Responsibilities, and Rules for Permanent Residents of Canada
Thursday, July 29
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Registration required. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRSessionsJuly2021
*Presented through Zoom on-line*
A FREE online session for all PRs and anyone who has submitted an application for Permanent Residency.
Find out about: • Your rights and responsibilities as a PR • How to keep or lose your PR status • Important things to know about your PR card • How Covid-19 is affecting permanent residents with travelling to and from Canada • Community and government resources 

Thanks to the generous support of community partners (Bow Valley Food Bank and Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign), this information session attendees receive a $20 gift card to a Banff or Canmore grocery store. Your questions answered! Email settlement.programmer@banff.ca or call 403-762-1144

Canadian Citizenship Information Session 
Thursday, August 19
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Presented online with Zoom
This FREE online session is for Permanent Residents of Canada who are interested in becoming Canadian Citizen. IMPORTANT changes to the application and process will be discussed. Find out: NEW, REQUIRED application package. NEW application process. Most current eligibility requirements. Reasons to become a Canadian Citizen COVID-19 impacts on testing and ceremony. Official government resources. And much more! *Registration required.*
Please visit this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CitizenshipAugust2021
Email settlement.programmer@banff.ca or call 403-762-1144. 

Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation
Tuesday, August 24
6-8:30 p.m.
Presented online Zoom

  • Canadian schools are different from schools in other countries
  • Learn valuable information to help your child succeed at school

Parents who are planning to bring children to Canada in 2021 or 2022 are required to attend. This session is part of the registration process for any school in Banff or Canmore. Recommended for ALL immigrant parents with children already in school.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please visit this link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SchoolingAugust2021
For more information, or to get help registering, please contact settlement.programmer@banff.ca or 403-762-1144.

Rights, Responsibilities, and Rules for Permanent Residents of Canada
Tuesday, August 31
1-3 p.m.
Registration required. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRRAugust2021
*Presented through Zoom on-line*
A FREE online session for all PRs and anyone who has submitted an application for Permanent Residency.
Get answers to these questions: • How do I keep my PR status? • How could I lose my PR status • What happens if my PR card expires? • How does life in Canada change once you have PR status? • Where can I live, work, study, and travel as a PR? • What supports and services are available for PRs? • Where can I find important free resources? And more!
Thanks to the generous support of community partners (Bow Valley Food Bank and Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign), this information session attendees receive a $20 gift card to a Banff or Canmore grocery store. Your questions answered! Email settlement.programmer@banff.ca or call 403-762-1144 

Stay Connected
Stay connected with Settlement Services workshops, community events, volunteer opportunities, current immigration news and more through our Facebook Page. You don't need to have a Facebook account to view this information. We post on Facebook regularly to keep you updated.

We also hold monthly workshops on a variety of topics, including: Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizenship, School Orientation, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Money Management and more. Visit our calendar for more information.

What does the program offer?

Individual appointments and group sessions

  • Permanent Resident responsibilities and benefits
  • Family reunification, language learning, housing, citizenship, health, career, finances, cultural training and more
  • Connection to community and resources
  • Questions about living in Canada
  • Planning before family arrival to Canada
  • Required Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation
  • Ongoing school support and programs for parents, students and school staff
  • Support to organizations, agencies, and employers working with immigrants
Canada Day with the Mayor

Passport to Settlement in Canada
Meet with Settlement Services and receive your own Passport to Settlement in Canada. The passport will guide you through important steps to adjust to life in Canada, reach your settlement goals and achieve success. You will complete important tasks, network and learn more about your community. Win prizes along the way and celebrate the completion of your passport at a special community event.

How will you benefit? Read what our clients are saying:

"Our family will be forever grateful to you and to the whole staff. Starting  our life here in Canada would not be possible without the help of your kind staff." 

"We should be the ones thanking you for all the dedication and hard work you put in helping us integrate into the Canadian society. This is the only way we can achieve harmony and success in the community and create an opportunity that will benefit everyone. Thank you for your tireless efforts and I do hope you continue your support in improving the lives of all immigrants in the Bow Valley Corridor."

Why is this important?

  • Our team is here to support the integration into all aspects of community life – economically, socially, and culturally
  • Information is power, and having the knowledge of local resources and programs will enable you to move towards achieving your individual and family goals

Where is the program located?

Our main office is located at Banff Town Hall. Appointments available upon request at various Bow Valley locations.

Settlement Services Staff

Learn more about:

Information for employers and agencies: Settlement Services can help you support immigrants who you work with in many ways. We can offer on-site information sessions on a variety of topics, including Cross Cultural Training and Permanent Resident Orientations. Please help us connect to the immigrants who are living in our community by completing this referral form.

Community Connections

If you are new to the Bow Valley (Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis), Community Connections in the Bow Valley is here to help! Get matched with a Volunteer Connector or Connector Family who will help you get connected.

For information and support on Temporary Foreign Workers in the Bow Valley, please visit: Temporary Foreign Workers

Please book an appointment as we cannot accommodate drop in meetings.