Applications Open for New Benefits (CRSB & CRCB)

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If you need to stay home from work because you’re sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or because you have to take care of a loved one, here’s some good news: The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) are now open for applications! announced on October 6, 2020 If you want to …

City Council Passes School Safe Zones Bylaw Amendment

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Calgary City Council voted to pass an amendment to restrict advocacy messaging on public property near schools. What is advocacy messaging? Advocacy messaging is messaging that publicly expresses an opinion on an issue or cause. Why did the City Council vote to restrict advocacy messaging? Certain large graphic signs have had a serious and negative impact on vulnerable students, as …

Bed Bugs in a Nutshell and How to Get Rid of Them

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Many new immigrants to Canada, when purchasing furniture, choose to buy second-hand mattresses and other furniture, instead of brand-new ones. No doubt that this is a great way to save money, especially when you are new in the country and don’t yet have any source of income. You will need to rely largely on the settlement fund you brought with …

Environmental Student Action Challenge

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Alberta students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are invited to develop a school-based project to address environmental concerns that directly impact them, their school or their community. Students are invited to submit their project ideas for a chance to receive up to $1,000 that can be used to turn their proposal into a reality give them hands-on experience tackling an …

2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Back to Random Selection

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Want to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada? Good news for those who’ve been waiting for the 2020 intake of Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. “Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada.” – The Honourable …

Government Update on Travel Restrictions and Support for Family Reunification

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have recently announced that, the Government of Canada is further strengthening the public health presence at the border and enhancing quarantine monitoring; increasing the use of digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be …

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Alberta. Regular screening is the best way to detect it early when treatment has the best chance of working. What is breast cancer? Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast; A …

Children’s COVID-19 Test Results Now Available in MyHealth

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Effective October 2, 2020, parents & guardians can access their children’s COVID-19 test results through MyHealth Alberta, in addition to their own results. Test results can be printed and are also available in PDF format. As a parent or guardian, you will need to provide your child’s personal health number and test date to access your child’s COVID-19 test results …

New Investment in Infrastructure Projects across Canada

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As Canadians are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada continue to make investments in infrastructure that will create good jobs for Canadians; build stronger communities make our economy more sustainable and resilient. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced $10 billion in new major infrastructure initiatives. The three-year Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) Growth Plan will …

CBSA Extends International Travel Restrictions to End of Oct

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that discretionary (non-essential) travel restrictions between Canada and countries other than the U.S. have been extended to October 31, 2020. If you are a foreign national arriving from a country other than the United States, to enter Canada, you must prove to the CBSA that you: are listed as being exempted from …