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CCIS is the Alberta partner for the SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) Program.

For more information, including registration, please visit arriveprepared.ca.

WHAT WE DO

SOPA helps immigrants with their job search, settlement and cultural integration before they arrive in Canada.

  • Resume Writing

    Resume Writing

    Your resume is one of the most important tools for your job search. We'll assist you in creating a high-impact resume that will help you stand out.
  • Workplace Integration

    Workplace Integration

    Learn about the Canadian workplace's written and unwritten rules, subtleties employers expect everyone to know, as well as communication techniques and strategies. We'll help you understand workplace culture before you begin your new job in Canada.
  • Interview Preparation

    Interview Preparation

    Convince the employer that you are the right person for the job. Prepare for job interviews and become more confident. The more confident you are in your interview, the more likely you are to get a job offer.
  • Settlement Help

    Settlement Help

    Get general settlement assistance, including community and labour market orientation, and referral services, to help you make the transition to life in Alberta.
  • Networking

    Networking

    Building genuine professional relationships is key to accessing the hidden job market (job openings that are not advertised). In order for people to know you, remember you, and recommend you for employment, you must be comfortable approaching others and talking to them about your strengths, career interests and goals. Our facilitators will teach you effective methods of connecting with people who have inside knowledge of your profession.
  • Job Search

    Job Search

    Acquire essential tools for a successful job search, identify your skills and goals, and understand the Alberta labour market. We'll help you prepare to find, apply for, and obtain employment.
Learn about workplace culture and how to find a job in Canada before you arrive.

WHO WE ARE

Our culturally and professionally diverse team's wealth of experience and expertise in employment training and settlement support will help you prepare for your arrival in Alberta.

Aneta has a background in human resources and business administration. Her years of experience working with colleagues and clients with diverse cultural backgrounds have helped her to grow professionally and personally. She has transitioned into the non-profit sector to capitalize on her extensive experience in management and event planning and to assist newcomers in realizing their dreams of making Canada their home.
Mirjana has experience working in post-secondary education, assessing the career needs and goals of and recommending services to clients with diverse cultural backgrounds. Her background in business administration and professional expertise in human resources enables her to help clients understand employer needs and expectations and what newcomers need to know in order to obtain and maintain employment.
Bamidele Salako
Bamidele Salako Intake Counsellor
Bamidele Salako brings a wealth of experience from the media and public relations sectors of one of Africa’s largest economies to his role as Intake Counsellor at SOPA Alberta. His unique understanding of the varied needs of immigrant professionals, combined with a passion for connecting them with relevant settlement and occupational resources, is helping new immigrants to integrate and successfully find employment in their fields in Canada. As a former SOPA client himself who immigrated to Canada from Nigeria in 2018, Bamidele hopes to inspire other newcomers to Canada by sharing his fellow immigrants’ success stories.

THE SOPA NETWORK

SOPA is delivered by a network of settlement agencies representing nine Canadian provinces. This network, of which CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society) is the Alberta partner, provides training to prepare immigrants for successful integration into their destined communities and the Canadian labour market. 

Our free online courses are delivered to any professional from anywhere around the world.  By participating in SOPA, immigrants will arrive in Canada better prepared and more confident to enter the workforce sooner.

SOPA is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)