Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

5th Floor, 1111 - 11 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G5
CEO: Fariborz Birjandian
Board Chair: Chris McNeily

Charitable Reg. #:11882 3244 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Calgary Catholic Immigration Society:

Founded in 1982, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) provides settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta. CCIS provides services that empower immigrants and refugees throughout their transition to Canada. As a whole, Canada admitted over 30% of the 92k global resettled refugees in 2019, some of whom CCIS aids with community integration. The charity offers culturally sensitive support to newcomers in over 60 languages. Some of CCIS's programs include Employment Training Services, Resettlement Services, and Family Services.

Business Employment & Training Services: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s largest program is Business Employment and Training Services (45% of F2020 program spending). To help newcomers find work, this program offers training programs, career workshops, and employment counselling. In F2020, this program served 12,214 newcomers. A program highlight from F2020 was the establishment of CCIS's new Centre for Entrepreneurship. The Centre will aid newcomer entrepreneurs in partnership with ATB Financial.

Resettlement & Integration Services: This program accounts for 26% of program expenditure. Its goal is to assist refugees with their transition to a new community. It provides services such as helping newcomers with transportation or entry paperwork upon airport arrival. Through CCIS's Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre (MCRC), this program also offers refugees up to 14 days of transitional housing. In total, the program served 12,515 newcomers, over 600 of whom were welcomed to the MCRC in F2020.

Family & Children Services: CCIS spends 12% of program expenditure on its Family and Children Services program. This program includes interpretation services and social recreation programs to connect newcomers to their new communities. In F2020, this program served 8,124 newcomers. It also allocated $53k to 40 families to assist their settlement.

CCIS's two other programs are Community Development & Integration Services (8% of spending) and Rural Alberta (8% of spending). In F2020, a notable addition to CCIS’s regular programming is its 30-acre farm, Land of Dreams. The farm works to strengthen the relationships of mainly Syrian, Kurdish, and Yazidi refugees to the community through collective agricultural activities. The farm welcomed over 100 newcomer families in F2020.

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Results and Impact

CCIS reports that 95% of the 784 families who completed CCIS's Cultural Brokerage program and exit survey felt that their family benefitted from the program. The Cultural Brokerage program supports families who need help with the interpretation of cultural issues. Its goal is to improve cross-cultural communication between CFS caseworkers, service providers, and newcomers.

Charity Intelligence highlights these key results. They may not be a complete representation of CCIS's results. Charity Intelligence has not assessed impact on CCIS. This shows as n/r, meaning not rated.


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Calgary Catholic Immigration Society had $1.0m in donations in F2020. Revenues are largely government-funded. CCIS received a total of $18.5m in government funding in F2020, representing 89% of total revenue. These government funding figures were found in the charity's CRA T3010 report. CCIS has reported administrative and fundraising costs at 9% of total revenues on its financial statements. No breakdown of major expenses is provided between programs and overhead on either the charity's financials or on its T3010 filing with the CRA, thus the 9% figure is likely underreported. For every dollar raised, 91 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has $454k in funding reserves (which includes $4.4m in debt) therefore resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 3%. Funding reserves are negative in F2018 because its long-term debt exceeded the value of the charity’s liquid assets.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Calgary Catholic Immigration Society for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 1, 2021 by Rachel Leteta.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 9.1%9.0%12.1%
Total overhead spending 9.1%9.0%12.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 2.5%2.6%(7.2%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,0429362,311
Government funding 18,47918,13616,305
Fees for service 1,0051,1771,669
Business activities (net) 191818
Investment income 1586010
Total revenues 20,70220,32720,312
Program costs 18,07817,60616,577
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,8711,8192,456
Other costs 187216224
Total spending 20,13719,64119,257
Cash flow from operations 5656861,056
Capital spending 447290263
Funding reserves 454459(1,194)

Note: Funding reserves include restricted cash from the Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation. As noted above, Ci reported government funding figures filed in the charity’s T3010. After accounting for government funding, the charity’s “program-based funding” line item was reported under Canadian donations. CCIS did not use activity-based costing in its audited financial statements. It also did not split expenses between activities in its T3010 filings. Thus, Ci used its best judgement to allocate expenses between programs, administrative, and fundraising costs. The line item "office and other” ($1.9m in F2020) was the only expense allocated to fundraising and administrative costs. Ci did not include amortization of deferred contributions, reducing revenues by $163k in F2020, $176k in F2019, and $190k in F2018.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 213

Avg. compensation: $52,370

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001