About Us

Our Mission and Values

We are dedicated to promoting and enabling all persons with disabilities to achieve their level of independence.

Our mission: The Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary provides referrals, training and programs to persons with disabilities in Alberta to assist them in achieving their level of independence.

Our vision: To ensure equality and independence for all persons living with a disability.

We help participants develop friendships within the ILRCC, connect to the broader community through volunteer placements, and foster long-term learning.

Who We Are

The Independent Living Resource Centre Calgary comprises a diverse, professional, caring and attentive team of volunteers and staff. We're dedicated to serving Calgary and all its communities through our programs, services, and activities.

Core Programs

Skills Development

​Communicating, negotiating, problem-solving, and personal management are all important aspects of daily life. The independent living skills development assists individuals in advocating on their own behalf, supports their choices, respects their decisions, and affords individuals opportunities to take risks. The program also provides learning opportunities for dealing with barriers and discrimination so that persons with disabilities can know their rights and responsibilities, and can access services and training opportunities to live and participate in society.

Research & Community

The Participatory Action Research model most used in IL Centres recognizes that people with disabilities have expertise in determining what works and what does not. By working together with individuals, community organizations, governments, schools, universities and businesses, gaps in service can be determined and new options and solutions can be created. Research and Community Development activities can include, but are not limited to: conducting research and demonstration projects; disability awareness training and facility/web accessibility audits; and crime prevention and abuse initiatives.

Peer Support​

​Peer support is designed to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to share their knowledge and lived experiences. Peer Support also affords individuals the opportunity to reduce isolation, to develop leadership skills, and gives assistance to individuals in exercising their rights and responsibilities. Peer support can be offered individually or in a group, and can be provided on an ongoing and/or in a crisis-situation in an environment of mutual respect and trust.

Referrals Workshops Courses Presentations Peer support Youth mentorship program

A timeline of historical milestones has led the ILRCC to what it is today:

2010 The ILRCC’s accreditation with Independent Living Canada is renewed.
2011 The popular LEARN program celebrates its 10th anniversary.

ILRCC celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2013 The ILRCC’s accreditation with Independent Living Canada is renewed.
2015 The ILRCC celebrates its 30th anniversary. It hosts its first-annual Accessibility & Technology tradeshow. Website Redesigned for ease of sight and use.
2016 The ILRCC’s accreditation with Independent Living Canada is renewed.
2020  The ILRCC celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Making a Difference

The Independent Living Resource Centre Calgary has been operating for 37 years and is incredibly proud to have been serving our city and many of its communities. The ILRCC has helped transform the lives of many and has provided an environment of care and attentiveness across the core values, programs, and services we currently provide.

Creating memories & leaving a legacy


Our Volunteers Care

We strive to create a welcoming, accessible, fun and educational environment for all our clients, and we see the difference it makes every day.


“The ILRCC is a role model of organizations wanting to be representative of their membership and driven by needs of the community which they serve. With a clear and consistent understanding of their mandate, their board of directors are representative of their members and have a connection to a larger national and international movement. The ILRCC is well positioned to be one of the strongest advocacy organizations in Calgary. It was a true pleasure to meet with their board members and work alongside them as they continue to move towards their goals”

– Tami Rotheri, Volunteer Facilitator,
Board Development Program, Alberta Culture & Community Spirit

“Individual control and empowerment has been identified as one of the most important factors to the success of community services in facilitating skills development, community and social integration, consumer satisfaction and improvements in quality of life. Services based upon independent living principles are more effective in this regard than traditional, professionally driven services. Advocacy, support and training services provided through IL Centres have been documented as effective in providing the support and skill development necessary to enable people to make effective use of support service programs and to make decisions about their own lives.”

– Evaluation and Data Development,
Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada