Mental Health Week – May 2 to 8, 2016

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This week is Mental Health Week. The Canadian Government provides information on mental health and ways to improve it at work and in your daily life. What is mental health? Mental health is the state of your psychological and emotional well-being. It is a necessary resource for living a healthy life and a main factor in overall health. It does …

Last-minute filing tips – Canada Revenue Agency

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The deadline to file your income tax and benefit return is fast approaching. Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2015 are due on April 30, 2016. However, as this date is a Saturday, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will consider your return as filed on time and your payment to be made on time if the CRA receives …

Community Interpreting Workshop for English Arabic/Kurdish Speakers

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On April 23, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Language Bank department and the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta (ATIA) conducted a free community interpreting workshop to basic interpreting skills and orientation for volunteers working with Syrian families arriving in Calgary and its surroundings. Three ATIA members shared their experience with the participants.

Alberta 2016 Budget

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On April 15, 201, the Alberta government tabled its Budget 2016. It has 4 key pillars: Supporting families and communities Investing in infrastructure Diversifying our energy industry and our energy markets Supporting Alberta businesses Here are four ways Albertans will be affected by the Budget: Families Alberta Child Benefit and Enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit will allow Alberta families …

Calgary’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program

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The City of Calgary is working to improve transportation options for Calgarians. One of the recent plans is the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program. BRT is a fast, reliable bus service. It has fewer stops than a regular bus route, and it delivers more direct connections to CTrain stations and major destinations. The City created an engagement webpage to …

Vaisakhi Celebration & Punjabi New Year

Settlement ISC Community, Seniors

Happy Vaisakhi! Today is 13th April, many around the around the world are celebrating Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi refers to the harvest festival of the Punjab region.  It is a popular celebration around India, and it makes the start of the Punjabi New Year. On April 9, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) invited over 51 seniors …

New to Canada? Learn about taxes

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Have you just settled in Canada? Not sure how to apply for benefits and credits? Wondering if you have to fill out and send to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) a form—called an income tax and benefit return—every year? The CRA has prepared a short video that answers these questions. Do I need to file taxes? All Canadian residents are …

Alberta modernizing renewal reminders

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The Government of Alberta is switching to electronic reminders for registration, license and identification card renewals. “During these tough economic times, it’s particularly important for government to find smart ways to save taxpayers’ money. Moving from printed to electronic notices will save Alberta taxpayers more than $3 million a year while providing more modern and convenient reminder options for drivers.” …

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

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The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7. It is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016, WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes. Quick facts from WHO: The number of people living with …