The New Canadian Friendship Centre first opened its doors on May 14, 2013 at Temple Crossing in NE Calgary, in response to the vision of Centre Street Church to assist new immigrants by extending them friendship, along with practical help for successful integration into Canadian life.  We moved to our current location, at Encompass Partnerships, in August 2015.

In addition to providing ESL classes, a women’s exercise class, Citizenship Classes, sewing, baking, a Children’s Program, and other classes and workshops, the connection with Encompass’s ethnic churches and other partner organizations allows NCFC to provide a greater depth and scope of services to the NE immigrant community.

Our programs and services are offered free of charge to people of all faiths, or no faith, who come to our Centre.  We are able to offer these programs through the generosity of volunteers who are followers of Jesus and who give of their time and talents in many different capacities, as they seek to “Love God” and “Love Others”.

We welcome you to come and visit us soon!

Meet Our Team




  • Katherine Milum

  • Program Manager
  • 587-390-0772
  • Pauline Kizlyk

  • Administrative Assistant
  • 587-390-0770
  • Karyn Rempel

  • ESL Coordinator
  • 587-390-0770
  • David Benjamin

  • Pastor of Multi-Cultural Ministries, Centre Street Church
  • 587-390-0773



FAQ

How much is the cost for the ESL classes?

There is no cost for the ESL classes. There is a $5 fee for registration.

Is there a cost for ESL registration?

There is a $5 fee for registration for first-time students only.

What levels of ESL do you offer?

We offer 3 basic levels – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Is childcare offered during classes?

We are able to offer limited childcare during morning classes. Children must be registered.

Do you offer LINC classes?

NCFC ESL Classes are not aligned with the Government of Canada Language Benchmarks. We do not test for Canadian Language Benchmarks. 

Has NCFC closed?

No, we are not closed. August 2015, the New Canadian Friendship Centre moved from Temple Crossing to 3863 - 54 Ave NE.

Effective July 1, 2017 the New Canadian Friendship Centre ended our formal partnership with Rockyview Alliance church. We continue to offer programs at our Encompass Partnership location. Please contact Rockyview Alliance Church at 403-280-2239 or email for information on programs they continue to offer.