Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

Canada Learning Bond

Lisa C. Finance, Newcomer Information

What is Canada Learning Bond (CLB)? The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Canadian Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families.  The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) helps to pay the costs of a child’s full- or part-time studies after high school. How much a child could get? The Government of Canada …

Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Gradually Lifted

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta public health measures will be lifted gradually in three steps as the fifth wave subsides and pressure on the health-care system eases! Changes for Step 1 go in effect Feb 9: The Restrictions Exemption Program ends Restrictions on sale of food and beverages and consumption while seated in audience settings are removed Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table …

IRCC Looking to Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery improve client service. Highlights of progress include but are not limited to the following areas: Permanent Residence (PR) online PR applications, including PR card renewals easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within …

Put One’s Finger on…

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Put one’s finger on…. What does “put one’s finger on…” mean? to discover the reason why something is wrong to understand exactly what causes a problem to say exactly what the answer to a question is Examples: I cannot quite put my finger on what has gone …

Update: Health Link 811

Lisa C. Community, Health and wellness

Do you have a health concern for yourself or a child? Call Health Link by dialing 811 for quick and easy advice from a registered nurse 24/7. They will ask questions, assess symptoms and determine the best care for you. Health Link has temporarily changed the way calls are answered to help Albertans get to the right Health Link team …

Alberta Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

Isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others. As of January 3, you are legally required to isolate as outlined below: Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, …

Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 12 Winter Break Extended to January 10, 2022

Lisa C. COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The extended break will give school authorities time to gather additional data to assess staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the current COVID-19 situation. To assist with the safe return to classes, Alberta Health and Municipal Affairs’ PPE Task Force will also deliver the following to schools, starting the week of January 10: 8.6 million rapid tests 16.5 …