How to protect your SIN number

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Protecting your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is very important because it can be used to obtain personal information and invade your privacy. Identity theft and other types of fraud can result from not securing your SIN. To prevent this from happening, there are numerous ways to protect your SIN such as only providing your SIN when it is legally required, storing your SIN in a safe place, or taking immediate measures to protect your SIN when you suspect someone else has been using it.

Flu Shot Clinics

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Flu Season (also known as influenza) starts approximately around September or October. The flu is contagious and can be transferable through air. Some signs and symptoms of the flu are the presence of a headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, runny nose, etc. Getting immunized seasonally is be the most effective way be protected from the flu. Flu shot clinics are available for free to all Albertans six months and older through AHS clinics, pharmacies and physicians.

Increase in minimum age for employment in Alberta

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Effective January 13 2019, the minimum age for employment in Alberta will be increasing to 13 years old. This will aid in protecting youth and aligning Alberta closer with international standards. Youth aged 12 and under may only be employed, with a permit, in artistic activities such as acting. These new rules do not apply to volunteers, contractors, youth employed on farms and ranches, or casual work such as babysitting or snow shoveling.

Canada signs agreement to address migration

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Government of Canada announced today that they had signed the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM recognizes the barriers migration poses but also highlights the positive effects of migration and the benefits of regulated, well managed migration systems. The GCM has 23 objectives that focuses on different aspects of migration. These objectives will increase migration’s visibility in regional and UN forums. Participating states are not expected to implement each action but rather view them as guidelines. This is a significant milestone and represents the first multilateral framework for the global response to migration.

Important information: Impaired driving and marijuana-related penalties can affect immigration status

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With marijuana (cannabis) now legally available across Canada, new laws and penalties are also implemented to regulate this. New penalties are in effect on December 18, 2018 and will affect individuals who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including cannabis) or commit cannabis related crimes.

Those who are permanent or temporary residents have further penalties that may find them inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality. Permanent residents may lose their status and have to leave Canada. Those who lose their status will not be able to return unless there is written authorization from an immigration officer. Temporary residents, visitors or international students may not be able to come or stay in Canada, including to visit, study or work temporarily. For more information please see the pdf files below.

Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women – IRCC

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pilot for newcomer women addressing their existing barriers for employment. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Honourable Ahmed Hussen announced the 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot.

The primary goal of this pilot is to address the barriers newcomer women face when finding employment. Gender, race discrimination, low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports are examples of the barriers newcomer women can face. IRCC will be providing funding for new, innovative programs and services that address these barriers.

Awareness of Common Scams

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Some common scams specifically aimed at newcomers are now increasingly realistic. Examples of this can be posing as Government of Canada staff in hopes of obtaining gaining personal information or money. Aggressive threats such as deportation or incarceration are utilized often in these scenarios. It is important to understand that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not do any of the above and in the circumstances of a suspicious immigration call, contact IRCC’s call centre (1-888-242-2100, in Canada only).

Network Your Way to Success – Networking Event for IT professionals

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November 22, 2018, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Employment Services Team hosted the “Network Your Way to Success” networking event for immigrant IT professionals. It was a great success with over 50 newcomers and employers. It was a good opportunity for newcomer professionals to build up their network with local IT professionals.

A big thank you to all of our clients, corporate partners and volunteers!

Call for Nominations – Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2019

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The Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) honours the exceptional contributions and achievements of Calgary’s immigrants and refugees. Nominations for the 2019 Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards are officially open and will remain open until 11:59 pm on November 30, 2018. Nominations can be made online by visiting www.immigrantsofdistinction.com