Alberta Announces New Business Restrictions Starting December 24, 2021

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

New limits on large venues and restaurants come into effect on December 24 at 12:01am. Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Effective Dec 24, 2021 at 12:01am) Indoor facilities that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program: Must limit capacity to 50% if venue seats more than 1,000 people, and 500 people if venue seats between 500 and 1,000 people. No …

Everyone 18 and Plus Can Book for COVID-19 Booster 5 months after Their 2nd Dose

Lisa C. COVID-19, Updates

Vaccine effectiveness against infection may decline over time – especially with the highly transmissible Omicron variant – but they remain the best way to prevent severe illness and death. Third doses can boost immunity to improve protection and limit spread. Everyone 18 and older can get a third dose 5 months after their second dose. Eligibility: Everyone 18+ can book …

National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. On September 21st 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection …

Be Put or Go through the Wringer

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Be Put or Go through the Wringer. What does “be put/go through the wringer” mean? to go through difficulty, punishment, or unpleasant experience. Examples: The internal investigation has really put the officer through the wringer. Between losing her job, and divorce hearings, the foreclosure of her house, …

Albertans 50 to 59 and All Health-care Workers Can Now Book A Booster Dose

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

Alberta is expanding the availability of booster doses to protect Albertans and the health-care system against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Starting December 15, 2021, the following can now book a third dose as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose. Albertans 50 to 59 All health-care workers Keep in mind …

Canada’s New Initiative to Protect Vulnerable Women and Girls in Central America

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Many women and girls in the northern part of Central America have been displaced as a result of high levels of violence and growing social and economic instability. Canada is committed to helping them. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced a new initiative to empower and protect women and girls in the region. With a …

Healthy and No-Fuss Breakfast Options

Lisa C. Daily Life, Health and wellness

Breakfast if the most important meal of the day. Here are three healthy and no-fuss breakfast recipes to help you and your family stay energized throughout your busy daily routines! Overnight oats You will need any of the following ingredients: low-fat, low-sugar yoghurt, oat meals, unsweetened plant-based milk or low-fat milk, flaxseeds, chia seeds, etc. Add-ons for more flavors include …

AHS Reintroduced Close Contact Tracing of Omicron Cases

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

Alberta Health Services is re-introducing contact tracing for close contacts of those potentially exposed to the Omicron variant to recommend they get a COVID-19 test and to provide further instructions. The Omicron variant is now in Alberta. AHS has announced that contact tracing will take place for all close contacts of cases that are positive with the Omicron variant , …

Alberta Lowers Child Care Fees for Working Families after Signing Agreement with the Federal Government

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Alberta government is lowering child care fees for working families, following the signing of our historic agreement with the federal government. Parents with kids not yet in kindergarten will see fees for spaces in licensed daycares, preschools and family day homes reduced by half, on average, by early 2022. Families most in need will receive additional subsidies. By 2026, …