Workers’ Rights in Alberta

Settlement ISC Community, Employment, Newcomer Information

Settling in a new place often means getting a new job. Depending on what country you worked in previously, you may find that the rules are quite different from what you are used to. Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your search, already employed, or have been recently terminated, it is important to understand your rights under …

How to Prepare for Winter in Alberta

Settlement ISC Community, Newcomer Information

With the temperatures dropping this upcoming week, it is important to be smart and keep yourself warm throughout this season. Immigrant Services Calgary has a How-to & Smart Tips Video Series that helps newcomers learn practical information and resources that are helpful to start a new life in Alberta. In the How to Prepare for Winter in Alberta video, you …

Free Income Tax Return Clinics for Newcomers

Settlement ISC Community, Finance, Newcomer Information

Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting free Income Tax Return Clinics for newcomers who are eligible. These income tax return clinics will be run by volunteers and available at the Immigrant Services Calgary office. The schedule for the income tax return clinics will be released early 2020. To ensure you will have an appointment with an income tax return volunteer, make an appointment with a settlement counselor so you are notified when it is available.

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Application Postponed

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Newcomer Information, Seniors

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has given notice that the application process for the 2020 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application is being postponed, it is usually opened in the month of January. The reason for postponing this is to “complete the development of a new application intake management process for the parents and grandparents sponsorship program, to be implemented in 2020.”

Plan ahead this holiday season to arrive safe

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

With the holiday season in full swing, Albertans are reminded to drive safe and sober this month.
The Government of Alberta is reminding people “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs puts people at serious risk of injury and death. Cannabis, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as alcohol, especially when taken in combination.”

Newcomers take to the slopes with new winter sports campaign

Settlement ISC Community, Settlement & Community News

Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) and Seekers Media are partnering on a new visibility initiative that will be welcoming newcomers to Alberta and connecting them with winter sports.

The new initiative, #NewSkiAb, shows people of diverse backgrounds talking about their first experiences with traditional Canadian activities like skiing and snowshoeing. In addition, some lucky individuals and their families will have the opportunity to receive free lessons and trips to winter activities around Alberta to help introduce them to their new home in the province. It is hoped that this initiative can help newcomers with increasing their sense of belonging and building of their Canadian identity.

Daylight saving time engagement

Settlement ISC Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Currently, every March, everyone will change their time to an hour ahead and every November, everyone will change their time to an hour behind. The Government of Alberta is asking for Albertans for their opinions on daylight savings and whether you think Alberta should remain on daylight saving time all year long.

Canada makes it easier for foreign nationals to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Newcomer Information

People can now give their fingerprints and photo right here in Canada

Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.

Cyber Security

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure you are safe from online scams and frauds. The Government of Canada has a website,, that explains the different cyber risks and ways you can protect yourself.

Alberta ID card

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Did you know you can have an Alberta ID card if you don’t have an Alberta Driver’s License? The Alberta ID card can be used for any photo identification purposes. The minimum age to hold an ID card is 12 years old, you will also need to prove that you are an Alberta resident and you can legally live in Canada.

To apply for an Alberta ID card, visit a nearby authorized registry agent.
To learn more about the Alberta ID card, visit