Immigrant Services Calgary hosted a Power Breakfast on the morning of May 29 2019 at the New Central Library. Newcomer clients were able to talk and connect with employers from differing industries such as engineering and IT. This event allowed for like-minded professionals to network and hear inspirational stories of immigrant professionals and their journey to settling in Canada. Immigrant Services Calgary would like to thank our clients and partners for the positive feedback and participation to make it a success!
Immigrant Services Calgary’s Employment team participated in the Career Services Event organized by the Honorable MP Michelle Rempel and MP Pat Kelly at the Foothills Alliance Church.
The Government of Alberta has proposed an “Open for Business Act” that aims to return to previous general holiday pay and banks overtime rules, and additionally, introduce a $13/hour minimum wage for students under 18. This will not require employers to provide holiday pay even if they are not open that day. If passed, changes to holiday pay rules, overtime and Flexible Averaging Agreements will take effect on September 1, 2019. The new youth minimum wage of $13/hour will take effect June 26, 2019.
Permanent residents who are hoping to travel should ensure that their Permanent Resident Cards (PR card), as well as their family members PR cards are valid. If you are planning to travel abroad, make sure to renew your PR card before you leave. You can only renew your PR card in Canada and PR cards will not be sent to …
The City of Calgary has a Fair Entry subsidy that will allow eligible Calgarians to access subsidized programs and services. The process will assess your income eligibility for multiple City programs. You may qualify for individual programs such as a Recreation Fee Assistance and Calgary Transit Low Income Transit Pass Program or household programs such as Property Tax Assistance Program, Seniors Services Home Maintenance Program or No Cost Spay Neuter Program.
The City of Calgary has a 3 cart system to collect garbage, recyclables as well as compost. There are three different colored bins, black bin is for garbage, blue bin is for recyclables and the green bin is for compostable items. The City of Calgary collects each bin on various days of the week depending on which community you live in.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is a limited time pathway to permanent residence for qualifying in-home caregivers and their families. If you have work experience in Canada as a home child care provider or home support worker, you may be able to apply for permanent residence. The deadline for this application is June 4 2019.
Mental Health Week is from May 6 – 12, 2019 this year and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is using social media to promote awareness for this campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Get loud about what mental health really is”. This year’s theme encourages Canadians to understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions of mental health and mental illnesses. CMHA says that confusion is often what contributes to the “stigma of mental illnesses; it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t”.
On May 6 2019, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be raised again starting July 20, 2019. This means that in the 2019 – 2020 benefit year, the maximum benefit will be $6,639 per child under the age of 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 – 17.
On April 30, 2019, Alberta’s Premier, Jason Kenney and his cabinet were sworn in at the Government House in Edmonton.