Learn About What To Do In A Car Accident in Alberta

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With Winter around the corner, car accidents are prone to happen on the slippery roads. What is important is to know the proper steps to take after a collision occurs. Immigrant Services Calgary has launched a video project, ‘How-to and Smart Tips Video Series’, that uses easy to understand, scenarios to explain important settlement information. In the video of “What to do in a car accident in Alberta”, you will learn how to respond safely in a collision, the documents you are required to keep in your car, what information to exchange with the other driver, filing a report with the police, and more!

Watch the video here: https://settlementcalgary.com/how-to/watch-how-to-videos/what-to-do-in-a-car-accident-in-alberta/

November is Family Violence Prevention Month

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Every November, communities in Alberta help raise awareness and prevent family violence by organizing public events and activities. This year’s theme is #WhereToTurn, and encourages everyone to learn about the resources that are available in your community to support those who are affected by family violence. Albertans can also show their support by wearing purple and posting photos with the hashtag #GoPurpleAB. To learn more about this movement, visit https://www.alberta.ca/family-violence-prevention-month.aspx

Alberta’s First Smartphone App for Newcomer Settlement

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Welcome to Alberta is Alberta’s first smartphone app for newcomer settlement. The app features information about Alberta and Canada, important information to know (such as the Alberta’s healthcare system, employment, and more!) as well as pre-loaded to-do lists to guide newcomers through the process of settlement. There are currently 3 pre-loaded to-do lists: Things to do before arriving in Canada, things to do in the first two weeks you arrive in Canada, and things to do in the first two months you arrive in Canada. You are also able to add your own things to do. The app is circulating in many different medias and gaining recognition throughout Alberta.

To download the app, visit https://settlementcalgary.com/w2a-app/, it is available in both the Apple app store and the Google Play store!

Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) helps Albertans with mobility challenges

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The Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP) received more funding this year, meaning there will be greater access and independence for Albertans with mobility challenges. Under RAMP, those with mobility challenges can be eligible for a grant funding to modify their homes. This grant can be used towards accessibility modifications such as ramps, stair lifts, door widening, floor changes, bath lifts and bathtub door inserts. The grant can be up to $7,500 per year, per project. To learn more about RAMP, visit https://www.alberta.ca/residential-access-modification-program.aspx

More Support for Seniors from the Government of Alberta Budget

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The Budget 2019 includes an increase of $9 million for Seniors and Housing to ensure Alberta’s growing seniors population is well-supported. This will mean that they will maintain valuable programs that Alberta’s seniors rely on (such as financial support and programs). They will also continue to invest in affordable housing units across the province for seniors and low-income people. Senior benefits, including the Alberta Seniors Benefit will be maintained.

The Government of Alberta to extend funding for Low Income Transit Pass

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The Government of Alberta has confirmed that they will extend a $9.5 million program that provides 120,000 Albertans in Edmonton and Calgary low-fare transit passes. The program’s extension is included in the upcoming budget, and it is a welcome news to Calgary and Edmonton. To apply for the Low Income Monthly Pass in Calgary, please visit the City of Calgary’s website. …

Daylight Saving Time on November 3

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On November 3, 2019, we will be moving our clocks backward 1 hour for daylight saving time. In Canada, daylight saving time has been regulated by the provincial and territorial governments. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to save energy and make better use of the natural daylight. This will remain until the second week of March where the time will be moved one hour forwards again. Remember to move your clocks back!

Newcomer Smart Tips Video Series

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Immigrant Services Calgary is excited to announce the official launch of The Newcomer Smart Tips Video Series (Alberta Newcomers: How-to and Smart Tips Video Series), an educational and information resource that gives newcomers 24/7 access to free video resources containing centralized and easy to understand information about life in Alberta.

Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019

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Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to inform the public of the importance of cyber security. Information on how cyber threats work, how they affect you, how to protect yourself and how to protect your small business is provided. This campaign’s aim is focused on helping Canadians be more secure online, by being informed and knowing how to protect themselves. To learn more, visit https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/index-en.aspx.

Federal Elections 2019

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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.