Canada’s immigration system continues to innovate and deliver better service – IRCC

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients’ service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work.

On August 13, 2018, the Minister of IRCC highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year. 

Canada expands its biometrics screening program – IRCC

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The Government of Canada is committed to the safety and security of all Canadians and to the integrity of our immigration system.

On July 31, 2018, all nationals from countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East are required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if they are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence.

Banff day trip for seniors

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This past Friday, our Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) participated in their annual day trip to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. A total of 46 seniors enjoyed a guided tour of Banff Museum National Historic Site, a picnic lunch and spent the sunny afternoon walking and sightseeing.

Learn-to Camp program with Parks Canada

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Parks Canada is offering Learn-to Camp program across the country. The program is offered to families, participants will learn the camping basics and participate in different activities offered at the site.

Old Age Security Benefits increase July 1

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The Government of Canada has announced that the Old Age Security Benefit (OAS) has been increased as of July 1st 2018. According to its news release “a single senior receiving OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with no other income may receive $1,728.84 more than in November 2015”.  The OAS program is the Government of Canada’s largest pension program. It is a monthly payment available to seniors aged 65 and older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. 

KPMG Interview Skills & Networking Event

Settlement ISC Employment, updates

This morning Immigrant Services Calgary partnered with KPMG, to share with around 50 immigrant professionals about effective interview techniques. Over 15 KPMG staff came out to support our newcomers, and the event successfully concluded with a meaningful time of networking and relationship building.