Our Vision / Mission

What do we believe in at TIES?

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1988 with one primary goal: to provide Calgary immigrants and economically disadvantaged individuals with a solid foothold in Canada and afford them the opportunities to grow into productive, confident and contributive Canadians.  TIES is governed by a Board of Directors made up of devoted community-minded volunteers and operates through funding from both government and private organizations. From our humble beginnings, TIES has grown from five volunteers in a single office to an employer of about 146 dedicated staff members and over 200 volunteers. TIES now operates and is in full ownership of three large facilities in Calgary’s Forest Lawn and Whitehorn and in August of 2018 expanded its services to the Westwinds area of NE Calgary, where it offers language and employment classes. Since its inception, TIES has assisted over 250,000 clients to strengthen their identities as members of Alberta society, offering services valued at tens of millions of dollars.

Vision: An inclusive and pluralistic society.

Mission: To provide innovative language education, customized employment training and placement, and integration services to newcomers and Canadians based on best practices.


  • Togetherness | We prioritize relationships and respect for each other
  • Inclusion | We welcome and embrace pluralism
  • Empowerment | We instil confidence and strength in ourselves and others
  • Service | We serve and build our community
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