MLA Irfan Sabir grew up and got his early education in Kashmir, Pakistan. He completed his Masters in Economics from the University of Azad Kashmir in 2001 before moving to Hong Kong in 2003. While in Hong Kong, MLA Sabir volunteered for the Asian Human Rights Commission and assisted the Commission in identifying and preparing reports of human rights violations in South East Asia. He was also instrumental in organizing a conference on “Rule of Law and Human Rights Education” during his time there.
MLA Irfan Sabir immigrated to Canada in 2004, and has called Calgary his home ever since. In Calgary, he enrolled himself in the Masters of Social Work program at University of Calgary, and graduated from it in 2007. While pursuing his Masters in Social Work, MLA Sabir was involved in research work for two not-for-profit initiatives: The Downtown Community Initiative and The Alberta Community Economic Development Network. After his degree in Social Work, MLA Sabir completed his law degree from the University of Calgary Law School in 2012. During this time, MLA Sabir worked for The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in Calgary in their Men’s Addiction Recovery Program, and volunteered for the Alberta Family Justice and Student Legal Assistance.
As a lawyer, MLA Sabir worked in a Calgary based law firm which specializes in First Nation and Aboriginal legal arbitrations and legislation. He also volunteered for Red Cross Canada and Calgary Legal Guidance at the same time.
MLA Irfan Sabir was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-McCall, on May 5, 2015. On May 24, 2015, he was appointed as the Minister of Human Services. MLA Irfan Sabir has been a strong advocate for basic human rights and civil liberties all his life, and believes in and stands for a responsible government that works for all Albertans.