This year’s Canada Day celebrates Canada’s 151st birthday. Calgary has a number of events planned across downtown. You can also join Canada’s newest Canadian at a special citizenship ceremony at the YYC Calgary International Airport Arrival terminal at 10am on July 1. Happy Canada Day!
June 27 is the Canadian Multiculturalism Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the contributions of different multicultural groups and communities. On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day. You can find a list of celebrations for Canadian Multiculturalism Day from the Government of Canada’s website.
Starting July 2018, there will be an increase in the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The maximum annual benefit will increase to $6,496 per child under age six and to $5,481 per child age six through 17. The CCB is a tax-free benefit paid monthly to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18. You can use the child and family benefits calculator from Canada Revenue Agency to see what benefits you may be able to get and how much you may get.
Calgary Stampede 2018 is just around the corner. It is with great pleasure that Immigrant Services Calgary hosted the Stampede 101 event with Accenture Calgary team last Friday. It was a fun way to network professionally, enjoy the lunch and line dancing as well as integrate newcomers into the Calgarian culture.
Immigrant Services Calgary hosted a hiring event for Green Event Services.
2 company representatives conducted 23 interviews with Immigrant Services Calgary’s clients. Green Events Services will be offering 4 candidates’ positions in the role of Crew Member and 4 clients as Green Team Educators.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, formerly known as National Aboriginal Day. It is a day for Canadians to celebrate indigenous peoples’ culture, heritage, and contributions. The date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
June 20 is World Refugee Day. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced an innovative pilot project that will connect newcomers with jobs in the hotel industry. This 3-year project will assist up to 1,300 newcomers – many fo them refugees – in gaining job experience. During the employment, they will be able to improve their language skills as well.
In Canada, homeowners are required to pay their property taxes each year, and they pay property tax directly to their local government. In Calgary, the property taxes are due June 29. Any account not paid in full as of July 1 is penalized 7% on the unpaid taxes. There are different payment options to pay directly to the City or through banks.
Alberta Health Services is warning Albertans about a new text scam. Some Albertans have been receiving text messages that links to what looks like an e-transfer site. Once you open the link, the site asks you to input your bank information. Alberta Health Services would like to clarify that it would never send text messages, and would never request for money through e-transfer. If you receive such a text message, do not open the link.
Alberta has redesigned its driver’s licenses and identification cards with updated security features to help protect Albertans against counterfeiting and identification theft.
The new design reflects Alberta’s landscape and history, and it includes an image of an Albertosaurus, a dinosaur, whose remains were first found in Alberta.