Established 32 years ago, ICWA is amongst the few organizations in Edmonton, Canada advocating for the protection of the rights of immigrant women, men and youth alike. Through settlement assistance, skill building community activities and adult education we try to ensure that immigrants are able to feel at home in Canada.


Our approach to preventing violence against women is by raising the status of women through dialogue and community mobilization. An attitude shift about the way women are portrayed and treated is essential and we believe small shifts in attitudes about women can create a large overall impact and raise the status of women in our communities. That is why we are proud to say, ICWA has been changing attitudes since 1984!


Our Vision  is that all new Canadians will achieve a sense of fulfillment and integration into the Canadian culture and society. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to fully participate in Canadian society.


 Our Mission is to encourage and promote participation by new Canadians in social, economic, and political life in Canada. We are dedicated to promoting equality, opportunity, and protection of rights for everyone.


 Our Value are equality, opportunity and protection of rights for everyone.



The ICWA has served over 45,000 clients since its inception in 1984, and is one of the very few immigrant serving and social services organizations serving the Millwoods area. It has doubled its annual intake of clients and currently serves 85% more clients than expected as per contracts with the core funding agencies. It now employs 12 full/part-time staff speaking 9 languages, as well as 15 full-time and over 50 part-time volunteers.


The impact ICWA has had on Edmonton, Alberta and Canada is well respected locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. ICWA’s work as a change agent has reached diverse communities not only in Canada but also abroad.


 Most importantly the association has had significant impact on mainstream institutions and government agencies. ICWA has influenced change by impacting the delivery of services amongst front line workers, practitioners and professionals in immigration/settlement, health care, social work, enforcement, law, medicine, education, to name but a few areas.