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. …
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!
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 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.
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.
On October 16, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary hosted the “It’s Not Right!” Presenter Training. It’s Not Right! (INR) is a public education program that is designed to teach community members of all ages to recognize the warning signs of elder abuse, how to respond safely and supportively, and where to find help for older adults that are at risk. The training was conducted by Margaret MacPherson, the INR project coordinator from Ontario. Thank you to all the participants for taking part in this wonderful initiative!
The Open for Business Act was passed to help reduce burdens on employers. This means that there are changes to the employment standard rules. On September 1, 2019, the act will give employers and employees the option of having straight-time banked overtime hours arrangements. Additionally, the act will return to the previous general holiday pay and banks overtime rules. This will not require employers to provide holiday pay even if they are not open that day.
Over the weekend, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted a Habesha United BBQ & Soccer Tournament in collaboration with the Habesha United Soccer Club and Excel Family & Youth Society at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association. This free event showcased the culture of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Communities through a coffee ceremony, cultural resource booths, kids activities and a youth soccer tournament. Entertainment included cultural dances, face painting, henna and also a fashion show. ISC would like to thank the many participants who came and participated and also the organizations who made this successful event possible.
There are two main public school systems in Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD). For CBE, classes start on September 3, 2019 for those who are on the traditional school calendars. Those who still have not enrolled their children into school yet may register on August 28, 2019 for schools on the …
Immigrant Services Calgary hosted a Power Breakfast networking event on the morning of August 21, 219 at the New Central Library.
Newcomer clients were able to talk and connect with employers from differing industries such as finance and accounting. 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!