The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan offers eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services, and some dental and oral surgical health services.
On December 18th 2018, we will be celebrating International Migrants Day. This day is to celebrate and remember the rights, contributions and needs of migrants worldwide. It is an occasion to reaffirm migration as a driving force for progress and development and to highlight the importance of global cooperation to ensure that migration is safe, orderly ad dignified.
The Government of Canada has French services available for French speaking newcomers to ensure easier settlement and integration.
There are French services that are Province specific that help French speaking newcomer’s settle in that region of Canada. There are also services that offer French newcomers economic integration services and tools prior to arrival. Additional French services can be utilized to find Francophone communities outside of Quebec or finding a job.
In Calgary, French newcomers can book an appointment with one of our French speaking settlement counselors at Immigrant Services Calgary or visit the Francophone Newcomers Centre.
Protecting your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is very important because it can be used to obtain personal information and invade your privacy. Identity theft and other types of fraud can result from not securing your SIN. To prevent this from happening, there are numerous ways to protect your SIN such as only providing your SIN when it is legally required, storing your SIN in a safe place, or taking immediate measures to protect your SIN when you suspect someone else has been using it.
Flu Season (also known as influenza) starts approximately around September or October. The flu is contagious and can be transferable through air. Some signs and symptoms of the flu are the presence of a headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, runny nose, etc. Getting immunized seasonally is be the most effective way be protected from the flu. Flu shot clinics are available for free to all Albertans six months and older through AHS clinics, pharmacies and physicians.
Effective January 13 2019, the minimum age for employment in Alberta will be increasing to 13 years old. This will aid in protecting youth and aligning Alberta closer with international standards. Youth aged 12 and under may only be employed, with a permit, in artistic activities such as acting. These new rules do not apply to volunteers, contractors, youth employed on farms and ranches, or casual work such as babysitting or snow shoveling.
Government of Canada announced today that they had signed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM recognizes the barriers migration poses but also highlights the positive effects of migration and the benefits of regulated, well managed migration systems. The GCM has 23 objectives that focuses on different aspects of migration. These objectives will increase migration’s visibility in regional and UN forums. Participating states are not expected to implement each action but rather view them as guidelines. This is a significant milestone and represents the first multilateral framework for the global response to migration.
With marijuana (cannabis) now legally available across Canada, new laws and penalties are also implemented to regulate this. New penalties are in effect on December 18, 2018 and will affect individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including cannabis) or commit cannabis related crimes.
Those who are permanent or temporary residents have further penalties that may find them inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality. Permanent residents may lose their status and have to leave Canada. Those who lose their status will not be able to return unless there is written authorization from an immigration officer. Temporary residents, visitors or international students may not be able to come or stay in Canada, including to visit, study or work temporarily. For more information please see the pdf files below.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pilot for newcomer women addressing their existing barriers for employment. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Honourable Ahmed Hussen announced the 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot.
The primary goal of this pilot is to address the barriers newcomer women face when finding employment. Gender, race discrimination, low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports are examples of the barriers newcomer women can face. IRCC will be providing funding for new, innovative programs and services that address these barriers.
Some common scams specifically aimed at newcomers are now increasingly realistic. Examples of this can be posing as Government of Canada staff in hopes of obtaining gaining personal information or money. Aggressive threats such as deportation or incarceration are utilized often in these scenarios. It is important to understand that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not do any of the above and in the circumstances of a suspicious immigration call, contact IRCC’s call centre (1-888-242-2100, in Canada only).