IRCC’s Ukrainian Emergency Efforts

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The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Here are some of the efforts that IRCC has recently announced to help Ukrainians in crisis. New Canada Information Centre in Warsaw, Poland offers in-person services to people who need to give their biometrics as part of their Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel offers …

Take it with a pinch of salt

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …

Banff Newcomer Town Walking Tour

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The Banff Newcomer Walking Tour provides young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, whether permanent residents or temporary, with everything you need to know to live in Banff. You will learn about essential programs and services including, how to register for a post office box, a free recreation pass, parking passes and more. You will also learn about …

Free Compost from Shepard or Spyhill Landfills April 25 – June 11

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Starting April 18, book your appointment to pick up free compost from Shepard or Spyhill Landfills Free compost is available between April 25 and June 11 1 Appointment per household only Pickup location addresses: Spyhill Compost Giveaway Site: 11808 – 69 Street NW Shepard Compost Giveaway Site: 12111 – 68 Street SE Compost pick up appointments will be released in …

Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

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On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …

A blessing in disguise

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “A blessing in disguise.” What does “A blessing in disguise” mean? “A blessing in disguise” means: An event that seems wrong at first but results in something good happening later. Examples: She was upset when her boyfriend left her, but it was a blessing in disguise because she …

Bring to light

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Bring to light”. What does “bring to light” mean? “Bring to light” means: Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret Reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal To cause something to be known Synonyms: Reveal, expose, disclose. Example: The facts that were uncovered in the investigation …

Mask Mandate in Alberta Still in Effect for High-Risk Settings

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

As part of the 3-step easing measures, the provincial mask mandate has been lifted since March 1, 2022. Masks are still required in high-risk settings, including: on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13+ at all AHS operated and contracted facilities at all continuing care settings Vaccinated individuals must mask for up to five days following mandatory isolation due …

New Temporary Residence Pathway to Welcome Those Fleeing the War in Ukraine

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This is a special temporary residence pathway to welcome Ukrainians and their families to Canada. With CUAET, Ukrainians and their family members can stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years. They will also be eligible for a free open work permit or …