Last week, Immigrant Services Calgary employment team organized the first RBC bank networking event for 2019. 39 skilled immigrants participated in this successful event and had the chance to communicate and connect with over 20 RBC bank managers and professionals. It was a great to be able to hear all the success stories from previous Immigrant Services Calgary clients who had recently joined the RBC family. A big thank you to RBC for their generous donation to Immigrant Services Calgary and for supporting our community.
Caregivers will soon have access to two new 5-year caregiver programs. These new programs will allow caregivers to come to Canada with their family and have a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will have greater flexibility to be able to change jobs quickly and any barriers preventing family members from coming to Canada will be removed.
The Government of Canada would like to remind travelers crossing international borders that if they have any kind of medication, even prescription drugs, it can sometimes lead to various problems. To prevent any of these problems, The Government of Canada advises travelers the following suggestions.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a program where an employer applies on behalf of their employees for eligible training costs. Employers can decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. The Government of Alberta announced that they will launch a new online portal for CAJG program applications. All the necessary forms and paperwork for the CAJG program can now be submitted online through Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal. You can also look at the status of your applications in real time and be alerted to any issues related to your file. To use this portal, all employers have to register for a MyAlberta digital ID for business account which can be done so here. CAJG will continue to accept paper applications through the mail until March 31, 2019. If you have any questions, visit the CAJG website for more information.
National flag of Canada Day will be on February 15, 2019 this year. It is a day to celebrate Canada’s flag as a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects the common values of equality, diversity and inclusion. Become a part of the Canadian Flag photo challenge and post your photos onto social media with the hashtag #CanadianFlag to show your pride in Canada’s national symbol.
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta government service that helps people get recognition for education and training they received outside of Canada. It does assessments and issues certificates that compare educational credentials from other countries to education standards in Canada. You can get this type of assessment if you have a formal academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate earned outside of Canada.
Tax season is starting, 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. There will also be a personal income tax return session where you can learn about taxable and nontaxable income, basic tax forms, and free income tax clinics and how to prepare for a tax appointment.
Calgary Police Services (CPS) have launched the third annual Operation Cold Start in hopes of tackling early morning car thefts happening throughout Calgary. On February 4, 2019, 7 vehicles were stolen because they were left unlocked with the keys inside of them. This initiative encourages everyone to never leave a vehicle running and unattended during cold winter mornings when warming up their vehicles. With temperatures dropping the last few days, CPS encourages everyone to stay with your running vehicle or install a remote starter.
On March 13 & 14, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting its 3rd Virtual Career fair for residents living in Canada. If you are looking for jobs and interested in establishing new connections, you are invited to join our Virtual Career Fair. This fair will be hosted online featuring national and multinational Canadian companies offering 1000+ job opportunities.
The new Green LRT Line will be extending from communities north of 16 Avenue through the downtown core to Shepard in the southeast. The Construction of Stage 1 is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and 8,000 additional jobs in supporting industries such as engineering, planning and administration.