Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

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

Charitable Reg. #:11882 3244 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 86 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 in Southern Alberta. CCIS's mission is to empower immigrants and refugees to resettle and integrate. CCIS provides a multitude of services to its clients through a multicultural, multidisciplinary team that collectively speaks over 60 languages and includes over 1,500 volunteers. CCIS offers several specialized services to assist its clients through their integration process.

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s largest program is Business Employment & Training Services, which helps immigrants and refugees obtain jobs. This program served 10,807 newcomers in F2018. In November 2017, CCIS launched a 24-week information technology training program for newcomers with IT education and experience to prepare them for an eight-week work placement with an IT company.

Community Development and Integration/Rural Services help refugees and immigrants rebuild personal connections and help them navigate through the city. This program served 12,874 newcomers in F2018. CCIS served 6,553 newcomers in its Family & Children services, providing daycare and summer activities for recently immigrated children to learn English and build friendships as well as specialized training and support for situations of family violence. CCIS’s Resettlement and Integration Services program helps immigrants with their settlement, serving 4,248 newcomers in F2018, including 260 Yazidi refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Results and Impact: In its F2018 annual report, CCIS reports that of the first 14 IT training program graduates, 12 would start their internships in May 2018 and 2 were in the interview process for IT positions.

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Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is a Small charity with $311k in donations in F2018. Revenues are largely government funded. Ci reported government funding figures that CCIS filed in its CRA T3010; since F2018 T3010 information was not available when this profile was updated, the government funding figure is likely slightly different. CCIS's administrative and fundraising costs are 14% of revenues. For every dollar raised, 86 cents go the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Its funding reserves are negative because its long-term debt, with an outstanding balance of $5.3m as of F2018, exceeds the value of the charity’s liquid assets. Program cost coverage has been approaching a positive coverage with liquid assets increasing and the balance of its long-term debt declining since Ci’s first analysis in F2013.

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 August 17, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 13.9%13.1%15.4%
Program cost coverage (%) (7.4%)(20.7%)(33.3%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 311677218
Government funding 18,30516,53414,213
Fees for service 1,6691,5921,735
Business activities (net) 18173211
Investment income 1072
Other income 01,8931,424
Total revenues 20,31220,87517,803
Program costs 16,20316,03713,662
Fundraising & administrative costs 2,8302,7382,746
Other costs 224260344
Cash flow from operations 1,0561,8411,050
Funding reserves (1,194)(3,316)(4,549)

Note: Restricted cash from the Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation (AMHC) was included in funding reserves. Ci reported government funding figures filed in the charity’s T3010. The remainder of the charity’s ‘program based funding’ line item after accounting for government contribution was reported under other revenue, similar to the charity’s T3010 filings. CCIS used item-based costing in its financial statements and did not split expenses between activities in its T3010 filings. Therefore, Ci used its best judgement to allocate expenses between programs, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci did not include amortization of deferred contributions, reducing revenues by $190k in F2018, $194k in F2017, and $184k in F2016. The charity did not post its F2017 audited financial statements, so Ci’s figures do not reflect any potential restatements in F2016 figures. The link to the charity’s F2017 financial statements links to its F2017 annual report.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 199

Avg. Compensation: $50,021

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 F2017

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