Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has given notice that the application process for the 2020 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application is being postponed, it is usually opened in the month of January. The reason for postponing this is to “complete the development of a new application intake management process for the parents and grandparents sponsorship program, to be implemented in 2020.”
People can now give their fingerprints and photo right here in Canada
Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.
Today, October 21, 2019 is election day in Canada. Canada runs on a democratic government and allows their Canadian citizens to vote for their political party/leaders. Each political party has their own platform that summarizes a list of policies that the party wants to fulfill if they are elected. The right to vote is how many Canadian citizens are able to influence the decisions about how their country is governed. Votes are done by secret ballot meaning no one will know which party a specific voter has voted for.
In Calgary, there are immigrant serving agencies that offer settlement services to newcomers. These services are free for eligible newcomers and are often available in many languages. Agencies that offer settlement services aim to help newly arrived immigrants adjust to their new life in Canada. Settlement services can include: Job searching Finding a place to live Language assessment Filling out …
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has released a report titled ‘Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Canada’ where it identifies Canada as a role model for successful migration management and as a benchmark for other countries.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has selected 824 projects to deliver high quality services to newcomers across Canada. The projects selected include: Language training and workplace-based language instruction to help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills Employment services that foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers Support for French speaking newcomers Support for vulnerable populations …
Canada will be starting a new 3-year economic immigration pilot that will fill labour shortages, specifically in meat processing and mushroom production, within the agri-food sector. This industry has been experiencing ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees. The pilot aims to attract and retain workers by providing them an opportunity to become a permanent resident. Details on how …
A new arrangement between Canada and Luxembourg will allow youth between the ages 18 – 30 to work and travel for up to 12 months through the Working Holiday, International Co-op (internship), and Youth Professionals categories of the international Experience Canada (IEC) Program. Youth from Luxembourg can travel and work in Canada while youth from Canada can travel and work in Luxembourg.
Canada is supporting 7 organizations across the country to provide official language training services for French-speaking newcomers who want to settle in a Francophone minority community. Newcomers will be able to improve their skills in one language while taking a more intensive training in the other depending on their needs. It is important to be able to communicate in both official languages in Francophone minority communities.
Immigrant Services Calgary’s Youth Inclusive Program kicked off the long weekend with a fun-filled Canada Day picnic attended by 40 youth from the YIP and the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary. The YIP continued the celebration by volunteering at Silver Consulting’s Canada Day community event. Thank you to all of the YIP members who celebrated with us this weekend!