Do you want to learn more about life in Canada?
To help people learn about their new community and life in Canada, we provide counselling, guidance and assistance with accessing various supports and resources.
Health and Wellbeing
Orientation and supports to help you understand provincial healthcare services and how to access health and wellbeing services in your community, such as:
- finding family doctors
- assistance when accessing specialized health supports, such as
- hospital visits and surgeries
- pregnancy/post natal services for mothers
- pediatric care (children’ health)
- dental and vision care
- disabilities, other impairments and critical illness
Housing and Utility Services
Supports to help you:
- find appropriate housing
- deal with your landlord
- understand your tenancy rights and responsibilities
- get access to utility services (e.g., gas/heat, power/electricity, water)
Income Supports and Social Services
Orientation to government income supports, social services and access to resources for basic life needs.
Banking, Taxes and Other Financial Services
Orientation to expand your knowledge about banking in Canada and assistance to help you access various financial services, such as setting up your basic daily banking accounts, savings, RESP, RRSP, and more.
Community and Government Services
Orientation and connections to government services from all three levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal)
Canadian Laws and Legal Services
Orientation to Canadian legal systems. Other assistance to access legal services, e.g., access to lawyers; traffic court services; other court cases/services including domestic/children and family cases; other cases in relation to conflict with the law.
Driving in Canada
Orientation to Alberta’s driving regulations, permits and other resources.
Orientation and connections to various community or social services, such as connections to faith, cultural, and other community support groups.
Recreation and Leisure Attractions
Orientation to recreation and leisure opportunities, access to recreation and leisure facilities and information about available subsidy programs.
Orientation to civic engagement, citizen rights and responsibilities, voting, and more.
Supports to assist you with preparation for the Canadian Citizenship process.
Applications and Referrals
We also help people with application processes/forms and can go with people to various referral meetings with service providers.
Interpretation and Translation
We also strive to assist our clients with interpretation and translation supports in other languages, when available. The supports may be provided by an AHC staff member or a volunteer from AHC or the community. We have provided assistance in many languages, such as English, French, Arabic, Amharic, Cantonese, Hindi, Kurdish, Mandarin, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, and Tigrinya.
We can also assist clients in finding other related supports, such as legal assistance or notarization of translated documents.
Please ask one of our staff members if you need supports relating to a specific language; we may have a staff member who can assist or we may be able to source a local volunteer who knows that language.