Canada – A Land of Many Languages

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Canada is said to be ‘the land of immigrants’. Many different people from all over the world choose Canada as their new home. Because of this, there is a great diversity of languages in Canada. The 2011 census reported that more than 200 languages were spoken as a home language or mother tongue! One fifth of Canada’s population speaks a …

DRAFT “Names”

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Some people upon arriving in Canada wonder if they should change their name to sound more “Canadian.” Common reasons people give are 1) a concern that their name sounds too “ethinc,” and they worry people will discriminate against them, 2) concern that people will have a hard time pronouncing it. Specifically, I have had clients wonder if they should pick …

Changes to Citizenship Act Effective June 11, 2015

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On June 5, 2015, the Government of Canada announced that the remaining changes to strengthen Canadian citizenship would be effective on June 11, 2015. Anyone applying for Canadian citizenship on or after June 11th will need to apply using the new application form and will need to meet the new requirements for citizenship. These changes are part of Bill C-24, …

Father’s Day

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In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. This day is marked to let people show their appreciation for fathers or father figures. Father figures can include fathers-in-law, grandfathers, stepfathers, or other people who have a fatherly role. Similar to the practices on Mother’s Day, many people take the time to do something nice.

Solstice & National Aboriginal Day

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The June Solstice or Summer Solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight in the year in the northern hemisphere. Usually, the Summer Solstice occurs between June 20th and June 22nd. This year in 2015, the Summer Solstice will occur on June 21st. In Canada, National Aboriginal Day coincides with the Summer Solstice. The solstice has special meaning …

Remaining Citizenship Act reforms coming into force

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June 5, 2015 — Ottawa, ON — A final suite of reforms to strengthen and modernize Canada’s citizenship laws will be fully in force as of June 11, 2015. The changes – part of a package of measures approved by Parliament last year – ensure new citizens can fully and quickly participate in Canada’s economy and Canadian society. The first …

Becoming a Citizen

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Citizenship Judge Joe Woodard will be discussing the changes to the Citizenship process and requirements. Join us! Date:            Friday June 19th, 2015 Time:           3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location:    Room 540, 910 – 7 Ave. SW Immigrant Services Calgary  

Canada welcomed record numbers from China in 2014

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Permanent residents, international students and visitor visas account for record year May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, marked the finale of Asian Heritage Month by announcing at Markham’s Sino-Canada Educational and Cultural Festival that Canada welcomed nearly 361,000 visitors from China in 2014 – up 34 percent from the previous year. In addition to …

Protecting Canadians

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Government of Canada now able to revoke citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism May 29, 2015 — Ottawa — Measures came into force officially today that enable Canada to revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments. Canadian citizenship can now also be revoked from dual citizens for taking up …