Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

On June 19 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, received Royal Assent and is now law. The changes significantly redefine the Canadian Citizenship Act. The reforms will make the citizenship program more efficient, reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship, crack down on citizenship fraud, protect and promote Canada’s interests and values.

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Important Things to Do After Arriving in Calgary

It can be scary and confusing moving to a new country. We here at Immigrant Services Calgary have prepared a check list for you, so you will not forget a single thing. Making your life easier one bullet point at a time.

Checklist for your first few weeks:

• Exchange you money for Canadian currency
• Find temporary accommodation
• Have some identification (ID) with you
• Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
• Apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
• Open a Canadian bank account
• Get a Transit map to find out about transportation
• Contact an immigrant serving organization
• Learn a convenient way of making phone calls and accessing internet
• Get your own telephone book and memorize the national emergency number: 911

Checklist for your first few months:

• Search for a home to rent or buy
• Register your child in school
• Know where the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) assessment centre is and register for language classes
• Find a doctor or health-care centre where you can go for your medical needs
• Have your children immunized
• Look for a job
• Apply for the GST/HST Credit
• Apply for Canada Child Tax Benefit
• Obtain an Alberta Driver’s license
• Learn about Canadian laws and your rights and civic responsibilities as a resident of Canada