CRA Resuming Business Activities

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

As of September 2020, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is resuming some programs and services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some returning programs that affect individuals as of September 21 include appeals, collections, compliances activities, outreach activities and benefits validation. How is this going to affect you, as an individual? In-person services are available such as free tax …

COVID-19 Testing to Focus on Albertans with Symptoms

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

Effective September 17, 2020, the recommended COVID-19 testing criteria has changed in Alberta. To help reduce wait times, speed access to results & support Albertans during the respiratory virus & flu season, testing will focus on all Albertans with symptoms, plus additional priority groups. This means that testing in Alberta is now recommended for: Albertans with symptoms of COVID-19; Albertans …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …

Include COVID-19 Essentials into Your Emergency Kit

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Unexpected situations happen every day. Having supplies is one thing you can do to help manage many situations. your goal will be to have enough supplies to keep you and your family safe, warm and comfortable for at least 72 hours. Normally, your family’s emergency kit should include: Nonperishable snacks that last at least 72 hours (e.g. energy bars, dried …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Outdoor Community Food Bank at Vista Heights Opening Sep 18

Lisa C. Accessibility, Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The Love with Humanity Association, in collaboration with the Crossroads Community Association, will open up a Free Community Outdoor Food Bank tomorrow! This food bank will be open 24/7 and is an addition to their First Multicultural Public Outdoor Library. Would you like to join the opening ceremony and celebrate this great initiative? Everyone is welcome! Location: Vista Heights at …

Calgary’s Historic City Hall Rehabilitation Completed

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From 2016 to 2020, Calgary’s Historic City Hall underwent an extensive heritage rehabilitation. The City of Calgary has recently announced that it’s officially complete! Here are some fun facts about this historic building: The Historic City Hall is 109 years old. After this upgrade, it’s expected to last for another century! The Historic City Hall originally housed a jail, including …

Biometric Collection Services for PR Applicants in Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

For permanent residence applicants within Canada who need to give biometrics: Service Canada Centres are gradually resuming biometrics collection services by appointment only for permanent residence applicants who have received a biometric instruction letter (BIL). Use this tool to find out if you need to give biometrics. Service Canada officers will call you at the telephone number you provided in …