2021 – 2022 Playschool Registration Now Open

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City of Calgary’s 2021/2022 school year program runs from September 2021 – June 2022. Preschool-aged children will enjoy an engaging program that prepares them for school. Kids learn active play, songs, activities, arts & crafts and social skills helping build a foundation of being active for life. To register, email: liveandplay@calgary.ca with one of the following email subject lines: Playschool …

IRCC to Accelerate Caregiver Application Processing

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Good news! On April 15, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a plan to prioritize 1,500 caregiver applications by June 30, 2021, and 6,000 by the end of 2021. As part of this plan, IRCC will help reunite more caregivers with their loved ones by finalizing permanent resident applications for …

IRCC Announced New PR Pathway for Essential Workers & International Student Graduates

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On April 14, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a new pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international student graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy. Starting May 6, 2021, this pathway will allow the following eligible applicants to apply for permanent residence: international graduates, …

Happy Puthandu! Happy New Year!

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Today, many people in Canada and around the world celebrate Puthandu to welcome the beginning of a new year. Puthandu is also known as Tamil New Year or Puthuvarudam; Puthandu is the first day of year on the Tamil calendar, which falls onto April 14 of the Gregorian calendar; This day coincides with the New Year’s Day of Hindu calendars …

Hiking This Spring? Watch Out for Avalanches!

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In the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people choose to explore the beauty of nature outdoors to avoid the danger of getting infected indoors, including many newcomers to Canada. Knowing how to stay safe from avalanches during the spring season is crucial when you explore the Albertan mountains! What is an avalanche? Avalanche is when a mass of ice …

IRCC Reminder: Start Collecting Supporting Docs for Your In-Process Application

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Since the onset of the pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has been automatically extending deadlines for applicants who have faced delays in submitting required documents due to COVID‑19 restrictions. As most IRCC offices and visa centres have reopened, applicants can now provide supporting documents needed. IRCC has recently started to review in-process applications delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and …

Beware of Delayed Disconnect Phone Scams

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Some Calgarians have fallen victim to fraud in delayed disconnect phone scams. Your receive a phone call on your landline phone from a scammer claiming to be from your bank. The scammer will advise you of suspicious charges on your credit card, and instruct you to hang up and immediately call the phone number on the back of your credit …

Why Do I Have to Wait for 4 Months for the 2nd Dose of COVID-19 Vaccination?

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All current Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccines are administered in a two-dose immunization schedule. COVID-19 vaccines are provided to Albertans in a 16-week (4-month) timeline between the first dose and second dose, based on the current National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations. Emerging evidence shows that the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines provides protection to recipients in Canada. Therefore, …

Can Visitors Get COVID-19 Vaccine in Alberta?

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According to the “Out Of Province / Out Of Country Eligibility” published by the Alberta Health Services: “All individuals who are living, working, going to school or visiting in Alberta for three months or longer are eligible to receive the vaccine as long as they are in the sequenced group.” — COVID-19 Immunization – Booking Your Appointment – Frequently Asked …