History

The Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA) was established by a group of five individuals on December 16, 1976, under the Societies Act as a non-profit society. EISA is a direct result of an awareness that the total needs of immigrants and refugees to Edmonton and area were not being met. The founders recognized the unexpected realities of life for newcomers significantly affected the lives of these people and their integration into Canada. The services were to be provided to immigrants and refugees in Edmonton and area, regardless of age, gender, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.

Since its inception, EISA has initiated several programs and volunteers and staff have provided services to thousands of immigrants and refugees to help them adapt and fully integrate in Canadian Society and to promote cross-cultural understanding and bridging cultural gaps through multiculturalism and anti-racism initiatives.

Over 30 years later, EISA, in partnership with the various immigrant communities, other immigrant serving agencies, funding organizations and other stakeholders, continues to provide a variety of programs and services that are responsive, accessible and affordable to all newcomers.