Open for Summer Lottery – Vaccinated? Enter to Win $1 Million!

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If you fit the following eligibility criteria, you can now enter the Open for Summer Lottery once for 3 shots to win $1 million: Alberta resident 18 years or older have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at the time of registration You can enter as soon as you have had your first dose, but must …

Activities for Children & Youth with Disabilities

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Ability4Good is a community-based nonprofit which develop social networks, offer services and create caring communities for those that are most vulnerable so that they can live with dignity, achieving their goals and aspirations. Below is the latest flyer of their STRIVE Summer 2021 program for children, youth and families living with disabilities. Various sessions are available throughout the summer of …

Free Football & Hockey Programs offered by FHL Society to Culturally Diverse Children

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The FHL: Football Hockey Link is a non-profit organization that is committed to supporting the integration of culturally diverse children and youth into Canadian society by facilitating their involvement in Canadian football and hockey associations. FHL, with its community partners, provides an introductory football and hockey program to up to 50 kids between the ages of 8 and 16 each …

CRA Free Webinars on Benefits, Credits and Income Tax Basic Concepts

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The 2021 tax season has passed, but learning about income tax basics is a lifelong journey for newcomers and new Canadians. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Outreach team is offering the following free virtual sessions on Benefits & Credits and Income Tax Basic Concepts, open to all. Benefits & Credits July 28, 10:00 am August 10, 10:30 am Income Tax …

Phased Approach to Ease Border Restrictions for Travellers Entering Canada

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Good news! Canada has introduced a phased approach to easing border measures. As of July 5 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers, whether arriving by air or land, may be exempt from federal quarantine and the day 8 test requirements. travellers arriving by air who are fully vaccinated may no longer need to stay at a government-authorized accommodation. Travellers …

Second Doses Opened up for Everybody Eligible

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Everyone born in 2009 or before (turning 12+) can get their first and second doses now. Check out the eligibility criteria below: First doses If you are an Albertan born in 2009 or earlier, please get your first shot as soon as possible. Many pharmacies have walk-in availability for first doses. Second doses Those who received a first dose of …

IRCC Announced Three New Initiatives to Welcome More Refugees

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Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced on June 18 the following actions to strengthen refugee protection and integration efforts: A new public policy will help remove unique barriers qualified refugees often face, so that they can apply through existing economic programs. Through the …

List of Museums & Historic Sites Reopening in Alberta

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As part of Stage 2 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, provincial historic sites, museums and archives are reopening at reduced visitor capacity. Specific plans are in place to ensure the safety of visitors, including required indoor masking and timed ticketing at several facilities. Each site has a plan specific to its facility. Plan to visit? Please check online first …

Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP)

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Many people have no side effects or only mild side effects after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Rarely do serious adverse events or unusual side effects occur, but if you unfortunately do, call Health Link at 811 report, and know that there are support and resources available. The pan-Canadian Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP) ensures that all people in Canada who have experienced …

Summer Camps for Newcomers (FANs Foundation)

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FANS Foundation is offering a variety of free summer opportunities for newcomers. Click on the red text below and check out the details of each camp. Spots in these camps are first come, first serve. Interested in joining? Email friends@fansfoundation.com as soon as possible! Bolder Climbing: Free Climbing Day Passes Available All Summer- Ages 3+ Breathe Parkour: Free Parkour Trial …

World Refugee Day 2021

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World Refugee Day (each year on June 20) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.  Having been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution, refugees who settled in Canada make significant contributions to our nation’s economy. As tax payers, they create jobs, buy homes and put down roots …