Asian Heritage Month 2019

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The month of May is Asian Heritage Month. Canadians are invited to learn more about and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians who are of Asian origin. The theme of the Government of Canada’s Asian Heritage Month campaign is “Asian Canadian Youth: Shaping Canada’s Future.” This year’s theme highlights the contributions that Asian Canadian youth have made and continue to make, in shaping Canada’s heritage and identity.

Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2019

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Mental Health Week is from May 6 – 12, 2019 this year and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is using social media to promote awareness for this campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Get loud about what mental health really is”. This year’s theme encourages Canadians to understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions of mental health and mental illnesses. CMHA says that confusion is often what contributes to the “stigma of mental illnesses; it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t”.

Increased Canada Child Benefit Payments coming July 2019

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On May 6 2019, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be raised again starting July 20, 2019. This means that in the 2019 – 2020 benefit year, the maximum benefit will be $6,639 per child under the age of 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 – 17.

Event: Mental Health and Self Esteem Championship in Children

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On May 4 2019 at 3:00 PM, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting an event in partnership with the United Medical Clinic to talk about mental health and self-esteem in children. Dr Makiwane will be offering this session to parents and professionals to discuss ways to help children strengthen self-esteem and deal with the issue of bullying. Learn new tools to teach kids in your life how to overcome bullying in their schools and communities.

Reminder: Income Tax Deadline is April 30 2019

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This year the income tax return deadline is Tuesday, April 30th. That means, you will have to file your return for 2018 on or before April 30, 2019. Remember to do this before the deadline or there CRA could charge interest, fees and penalties. If you still have not filed your income taxes, Immigrant Services Calgary is offering free income …

Record your trips outside of Canada

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If you are a temporary or permanent resident, it is a good idea to record down any trips outside of Canada by air, land or boat, including day trips to the United States. This is information that is required when you apply for a new Permanent Resident card and even when you apply for citizenship. The Government of Canada has …

Legal Clinics at ISC

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Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is hosting legal clinics in partnership with the Calgary Legal Guidance every fourth Thursday of the month at the ISC office from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Volunteer lawyers will be available to answer any questions for people who are permanent residents and Canadian citizens in regards to information and advice in Immigration Law. For any …