Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women – IRCC

Settlement ISC Community, Employment, Updates

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

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

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).

Emergency Alert Testing Across Canada on November 28

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

On November 28, millions of mobile phones, televisions and radios will sound and vibrate across Canada to test a second round of the national public emergency alert system. It sounds similar to an ambulance alarm. This public awareness test will be distributed on TV, radio and wireless devices.

Call for Nominations – Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2019

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

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

Canada unveils new vertical $10 bills featuring Viola Desmond

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Today, the Bank of Canada issued the new vertical $10 bank note featuring the portrait of social justice icon Viola Desmond, during a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The new $10 bank note will be rolled out in Canadian financial institutions starting today.

“Bank notes are more than secure means of payment that Canadians can use with confidence. They also tell the stories that have shaped our country. Now, each time this new vertical $10 bill changes hands, it will remind us of our continued pursuit of human rights and social justice in Canada.” – the Bank of Canada

ISC Volunteer Don Wall Receives the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is pleased to congratulate long-time volunteer, Don Wall, on receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his exceptional volunteer contributions. Over the past four decades, Don has devoted his life to serving immigrants and refugees and empowering them to become contributing members in Canadian society. Don has made enormous contributions through undertaking a variety of volunteer roles, including serving as community host, cultural broker, ESL instructor, refugee sponsor, employment coach, and Income Tax Clinic consultant and trainer. 

ISC’s Seniors Participated in the 4th Annual Chinese Legal Knowledge Competition

Settlement ISC Community, Seniors, Updates

In October, our Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) participated in the 4th Annual Chinese Legal Knowledge Competition hosted by the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association(CCCSA)’s Law & Advocacy Program. The competition involved 50 seniors from the community and three seniors representing the CISP won first place in the competition. The awards were presented by the MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills Jamie Kleinstueber. CCCSA organizes this competition annually in order to educated seniors about the legal system in Canada.

National Seniors Day 2018 Celebration

Settlement ISC Community, Seniors, Updates

In October, Immigrant Services Calgary’s seniors program hosted the 8th Annual National Seniors Day celebration in collaboration with the City of Calgary and Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association at the Kerby Centre. The event was very successful with over 300 community members in attendance.

Alberta Minimum Wage Increase to $15.00 on Oct. 1 2018

Settlement ISC Community, Employment, Updates

On October 1, 2018, Alberta’s general minimum wage will be increased to $15.00 an hour. Minimum wage is the lowest amount that can be paid to an employee by law. In Alberta, employers must pay their employees at least the minimum wage. Minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents, youth and disabled people. 

Back to School 2018 – Calgary Board of Education

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is the public school board in Calgary. Most of CBE schools follow the traditional calendar. Their classes start on September 4, 2018. School on the traditional calendar open for registration August 30. Classes start at modified calendar schools on August 16, 2018. For more information, you can visit CBE’s website.