Advocacy for Seniors Transit Pass

Settlement ISC Seniors

On June 18, 2014, Calgary Transit proposed to the City Council a reduction in the age based discounts for seniors which would come into effect on July 1, 2015.Accordingly, the annual pass would be discontinued and seniors would be given the option to purchase a monthly pass of $60 (for regular income seniors) or $44 (for low income seniors). This change from $95 per year to $60 per month ($720 per year) was an increase of 7.6 times and the change from $15 per year to $44 per month ($528 per year) was an increase of 35.2 times.
Immigrant Services Calgary senior program partnered with CCECA and ECCC to advocate on behalf of the seniors in the city against these drastic changes.

Which Level of Government Do You Speak with?

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Elected representatives represent the interests of the people to the three levels of government; the municipal (City of Calgary), provincial (Government of Alberta) and federal (Government of Canada) governments. For example, if you have a concern about snow removal or roads in your neighbourhood, you can contact your city Councillor, who is your representative to the City of Calgary. If you have a concern about healthcare or education, you contact your Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), who is your representative to the Government of Alberta. Finally, if you have a concern about issues such as citizenship and immigration or criminal justice you would contact your Member of Parliament (MP), your representative to the Government of Canada.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be fast-tracked for citizenship

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News

Canada recognizes contributions of those permanent residents who have served or who are currently serving the country in uniform. Members of the Canadian military still must meet all of the standard conditions to apply for citizenship. However, the length of time they served in the Canadian Armed Forces can now be counted towards the reduced residency requirement providing them with quicker access to Canadian citizenship.

To find out more information about the program, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Start-up Visa Program: Get your business idea funded

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News

On July 16, 2014 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed the first two successful applicants under the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract more entrepreneurs and create jobs for Canadians. The Start-up Visa Program launched on April 1, 2013 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is the first of its kind in the world! It brings together …

Express Entry to be launched in January 2015

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News

The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry, eligible overseas applicants in one of the above mentioned federal immigration programs will be placed into a pool from which employers who cannot …

Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

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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 …

Important Things to Do After Arriving in Calgary

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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 • …