Table of contents

Before you arrive

Moving here

Life in Alberta

Learn about Alberta’s climate, geography, people and economy.

Get help with housing

Find potential affordable housing options that may suit your situation. Information on accessing emergency shelters can also be found if there is an immediate need for temporary housing when facing family violence, domestic violence or homelessness. Discover what housing options may be available to you.

Affordable housing programs

Housing options for families, seniors, and individuals with special needs, and building constructions standards for affordable housing.

Find a utility company

Use the comparison tool to help make an informed decision when selecting a water, natural gas or electricity provider.

Employment resources

Military spousal employment network

Military Family Services provides supports through the Military Spousal Employment Network.

Qualifications recognition

Information about licensing and certification for regulated professions. Some common regulated professions are: nursing, teaching, and trades.

Find a job

Find job postings, job search resources, employment services and training programs.

[email protected]

Provides employment placement services for ill and injured veterans, medical releases, reservists and family members of serving personnel.

Education and child care

Find child care

Use the look up tool or call Child Care Connect and explore subsidy options.

Early childhood services

Learn about the early childhood services programming available for families with young children.

Find a school

Learn about Alberta's kindergarten to grade 12 education system and how to choose a school.

French-language education

Information on francophone education, French immersion, and French-as-a-second language programming.

Help with school transfers

Military Family Services offer supports related to the education of dependent children of CAF members. This includes guidance counsellor services to facilitate transitions between different school systems.

High school equivalencies

Learn about how Alberta’s schools determine course equivalents from out-of-province high school programs.

Alex Decoteau Award of Honour

Government of Alberta award of $5,000 for Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families to pursue post-secondary education.

When you arrive

Driving

Exchange a driver’s licence

Family members accompanying an armed forces member to Alberta must exchange their previous province, state or country driver’s licence within 90 days of taking up residency in Alberta.

Register a vehicle in Alberta

You must register your vehicle in Alberta within 90 days of arrival if you are staying for more than 183 days.

Support our Troops licence plate

Apply for a Support our Troops or Veterans licence plate when you register your vehicle.

Health care

Find a doctor

Find a doctor in Alberta or locate a Primary Care Network health care team that is right for you.

Register for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

Family members who have recently moved to Alberta are eligible for Alberta health care on the date they establish residency (meaning they are in Alberta, and have a permanent address in Alberta). Family members should apply for an Alberta health care card within 3 months of arriving, if they will be living in Alberta for 12 months or longer. Once issued, health care cards are effective immediately.

Find health care and benefits

Get information on health care facilities, health benefits, services and drug coverage.

Operational Stress Injury Services

Get help for addiction or mental health concerns from an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals.

Other supports and services

Find family and social supports

Contact an Alberta Supports Centre to find and apply for more than 30 programs and 120 community services.

Get a service dog

Find out how to get a qualified service dog for post-traumatic stress disorder or other disability.

Get a service dog identification card

Find out how to get a free ID card for your qualified service dog or how to get your service dog assessed.

Disability supports

Find financial assistance, health benefits, daily living and housing supports for people with disabilities.

Crisis supports

Help for individuals, families and children affected by or at risk of family violence, bullying, abuse, exploitation or homelessness.

Family violence

Find emergency supports if you are experiencing violence in a relationship and find supports to prevent and address family violence.

Family and social supports

Find financial assistance programs, affordable housing and job loss supports for people in need.

511 Alberta

Reports on road conditions, construction, major incidents and weather alerts that could affect travel on Alberta highways.

While you are here

Veteran supports

Veterans Service Centre

A centre in Edmonton where veterans can find financial, employment, housing and crisis supports.

Veteran Friendly Campus

The Veteran-Friendly Campus, supported by Alberta Advanced Education, is intended to assist with developing an integrated support system on campus to help veterans transition into their student careers by offering academic, social and mental health services specific to their needs, and enable the post-secondary environment to be more responsive to veterans.

Alex Decoteau Award of Honour

Government of Alberta award of $5,000 for CAF members, veterans, and their families to pursue post-secondary education.

[email protected]

Provides employment placement services for ill and injured veterans, medical releases, reservists and family members of serving personnel.

Recreation

Visit Alberta Parks

Enjoy the great outdoors at Alberta's provincial parks and recreation areas.

Visit museums and historic sites

Get free admission to Alberta's museums and historic sites with your CFOne Card.

Other resources

Life events

Birth and adoption, death, divorce and separation, marriage, legal name changes, registry services, and ordering and updating documents.

Emergency alerts and preparedness

Sign up for Alberta Emergency Alerts and learn how to make an emergency plan and a 72-hour emergency kit.

Legal procedures and assistance

Get information on common legal procedures including family law, restraining and protection orders, wills, estates and court hearings.

Register to vote

Alberta residents who are Canadian citizens and at least 18 years old can vote in the provincial election. Register with Elections Alberta.

Contact

Military liaison

Connect with the Alberta government’s Military Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces:

Email: [email protected]

Government programs

Connect with us for more information on government programs or services:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Online: Comments and feedback form

Use the online form to ask questions about your children's grade placement in Alberta – select ‘Education’ in the topic field.

Military Family Resource Centres

Visit your local Military Family Resource Centre for more information on programs and services in your community:

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