English-French Bilingualism Reaches New Heights

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English and French are the official languages of Canada, and have equality of status and equal right and privileges. In 2016, the English-French bilingualism rate reached the highest proportion ever at 18.0% in Canadian history. According to the 2016 census, there are 6.3 million people speak English and French in Canada. It increased in most of the provinces and territories. …

Happy Heritage Day

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The Heritage Day was established in 1974 by the Government of Alberta to recognize and celebrate the variety and richness of cultural heritage of Albertans. In this year, the Heritage Day will be on Monday, August 7, 2017. The Heritage Day is an additional general holiday. However, an employer may designate it as general holiday if it wishes. There are …

Voices of Calgary Campaign on Breakfast Television Morning News

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On August 3, 2017, we were invited by City TV for an interview on Breakfast Television, to share about the new Voices of Calgary campaign. We had the opportunity to talk about Immigrant Services Calgary, the purpose of the campaign, as well as the upcoming symposium discussing the Competitive Advantage that immigrant professionals bring to Calgary’s market.   Noel Tsang …

Linguistic diversity is growing: Canada’s most common non-official languages

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According to the 2016 census, almost 7.6 million Canadians reported speak a language other than English or French at home in 2016. It is an increase of almost 1 million (14%) people over 2011. Languages other than English and French are becoming more common across Canada. The most common non-official languages spoken at home by Canadians in 2016 were Mandarin …

Families and the Law Public Legal Education Workshops

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The Calgary Legal Guidance is offering a series of general interest public legal education workshops at Calgary Public Library, Central Library, between September and December 2017. In the workshops, presenters will be talking about child custody and parenting, financial support – child, partner and spousal support, as well as property division. More details can be found in the poster below, …

Women’s Support Group celebrates Canada 150

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Building a new life in Canada has its hurdles. Leaving behind the support of family and comfort of friends can be stressful and life changing especially for women. Our new women’s support group (Share and Learn) seeks to empower immigrant and refugee women, increase their knowledge of community resources and provide a safe space for sharing, learning and growth. Since …

Protecting Your Social Insurance Number

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The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a confidential nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. It is also used for income reporting purposes. It can be used to steal your identity. For example, with other personal information, someone can use your SIN to open a bank account or apply …

How can I tell if an immigration website is a scam? – IRCC

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There are many commercial or private websites that offer immigration or citizenship services. Some promote legitimate representatives’ services that you will need to pay for. Others will offer false guarantees to take your money or steal your private information. A website might be a fake or a scam if: you are asked to pay to access application forms and guides. …

Air Quality Advisory issued for the Calgary Zone

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An air quality advisory for the Calgary Zone has been issued by Alberta Health Services (AHS) due to wildfires burning in British Colunmiba. AHS is advising individuals living and travelling in the Calgary Zone to be aware of air conditions and potential health concerns, especially for people with respiratory conditions, or cardiovascular conditions. AHS says there are a few steps you …

2017 Property Tax Due Date

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Do you know that June 30 is the City of Calgary’s 2017 property tax payment deadline? If you do not pay your property taxes in full by the June 30 deadline, you will be charged a 7% penalty to any unpaid tax bill balance on July 1 and October 1.  There are different options to pay your property taxes. You …