With the tax season starting soon in 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting income tax return information sessions. Information on the types of income that are taxable, where to get taxes done free, how to prepare for a tax appointment and more will be answered at the session.
Sir John A. Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada and took part in drafting the Confederation and also the British North America Act. On January 11, activities and events are hosted in his honor and teachers and youth leaders often utilize this day to bring awareness to children about Canada’s first Prime Minister.
Driving in winter in Alberta may be dangerous as the weather conditions often increase risks of accidents or collisions. There are a few precautions that may be taken in order to reduce driving risks.
The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan offers eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services, and some dental and oral surgical health services.
On December 18th 2018, we will be celebrating International Migrants Day. This day is to celebrate and remember the rights, contributions and needs of migrants worldwide. It is an occasion to reaffirm migration as a driving force for progress and development and to highlight the importance of global cooperation to ensure that migration is safe, orderly ad dignified.
The Government of Canada has French services available for French speaking newcomers to ensure easier settlement and integration.
There are French services that are Province specific that help French speaking newcomer’s settle in that region of Canada. There are also services that offer French newcomers economic integration services and tools prior to arrival. Additional French services can be utilized to find Francophone communities outside of Quebec or finding a job.
In Calgary, French newcomers can book an appointment with one of our French speaking settlement counselors at Immigrant Services Calgary or visit the Francophone Newcomers Centre.
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 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.
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.
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.