Through our Community Awareness initiatives, mainstream service providers, faith groups, and all Calgarians can gain a better understanding of immigrant needs, become more knowledgeable about diverse cultures, and become better equipped to welcome and assist new immigrants.

Growing Canada’s Economic Future – Historic multi-year immigration plan sets out highest levels in recent history – IRCC

November 1, 2017—Toronto, ON—For years, we’ve seen how immigration strengthens Canada by spurring innovation and economic growth, supporting diverse and inclusive communities.

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the Government of Canada’s historic multi-year immigration levels plan that will responsibly grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually.

Beginning with 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, and growing to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020, this plan sets out the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history. This measured, gradual increase will trend towards one percent of the population by 2020, spurring innovation and representing a major investment in Canada’s prosperity, now and into the future.

Supporting both Canadian businesses and labour market needs, the multi-year immigration plan will foster economic growth in the face of slowing labour force growth and an ageing population. With approximately 60 percent of the increase, over the three year period, in the economic category, this plan helps distribute the benefits of immigration across Canada, responding to a unanimous call by provinces and territories earlier this fall.

Increased levels will create the space needed to reduce backlogs and decrease processing times for families sponsoring spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. The 2018-2020 multi-year immigration levels plan also fulfills our commitment to offer protection to those in need.

Canada’s well-managed immigration system is unique in the world. It places great emphasis on providing assistance to recently arrived newcomers to weather their migration transition period, learn English or French, find meaningful employment, and establish themselves in their communities.

Ensuring that newcomers integrate and contribute to our economy and our communities remains our priority, which is why this historic growth is being managed through a gradual annual increase over three years. This will allow settlement and integration partners time to plan and work with all levels of government to ensure that our world-class results for newcomers continue.

This past summer, Minister Hussen traveled across the country and heard from a variety of stakeholders, including businesses, labour, provinces and territories, families and advocates. They all sent a resounding message that increased immigration is a necessity for economic growth, community sustainability, and keeping Canada globally competitive.

– Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Image source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Alberta Influenza Immunization Program 2017/18

Alberta’s annual influenza immunization program is underway. Flu shots are free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older, through Alberta Health Services’ clinics, pharmacies and physicians.

It is recommended once a year for anyone older than 6 months with rare exception. To better arm yourself against influenza, it is also recommended:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Use soap and warm water, wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Stay home when sick.

For more information, including local clinic schedules, please visit or call Health Link at 811.

Remember To Change Your Clocks

Daylight Saving Time (DST), or summer time ends this weekend, giving many an extra hour of sleep. Clocks will fall back one hour on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.

In Canada, DST usually has been regulated by the provincial and territorial governments. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to save energy and make better use of the natural daylight. The ending of DST takes place on the first weekend of November, and it starts up again on the second weekend in March.

Calgary Korean Health Fair 2017

Immigrant Services Calgary is helping Calgary Korean Health Advocacy Society to host the 3rd Calgary Korean Health Fair 2017. The event widely opened to public and all information and services are provided in English except Workshops.

You can find various information booths related to this year’s theme: Active Living and enjoy wellness activities such as free massages, henna, family photo wearing the Korean traditional costume, and so on. Also there will be free health & screening services including flu shot, prostate cancer for men age 50+, dietician consult etc. You can also purchase Korean dished from outdoor food trucks at the event.

Other than the foods, all services are free and we welcome everyone who wants to know how to improve family’s health and wellness.

Date and time: Saturday, November 4 from 11 am to 3 pm

Location: Dalhousie Community Centre, located at 5432 Dalhart Rd NW

National Seniors Day 2017 – Inspiring Generations

Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, will be organizing the 7th annual National Seniors Day celebration at the Genesis Centre on Friday September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Officially designated by the Government of Canada, National Seniors Day aims to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors add to our communities. Our host for this year is the Genesis Centre and the event will also be a celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. The afternoon will consist of welcome addresses from all three levels of government, inspiring stories from seniors, multicultural entertainment, a fashion show, cake cutting and door prizes.

Minimum Wage Increasing

On October 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage goes to $13.60 an hour from $12.20. This minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents and young people, and employers must pay at least the minimum wage.

Below is a table showing the minimum wage rates 2016-2018.

Employee type Current Oct 1, 2017 Oct 1, 2018
General $12.20/hour $13.60/hour $15.00/hour

(including land agents and certain professionals)

$486/week $542/week $598/week
Domestic employees

(living in their employers home)

$2,316/month $2,582/month $2,848/month

For more information about the changes to Alberta’s minimum wage, please visit the Alberta Government’s website.