Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended until June 21

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The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for all non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, the restriction was extended for another 30 days until May 21. As the closure is set to expire soon, Canada and the United States have recently reached an agreement to extend the restriction for another 30 days. This …

Accenture releases new Free Online Employment Training Site

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Accenture has released a new free Online Employment training site the ‘Learning Exchange’ for Canadians that can’t join a traditional employment training program. Although in person training is the most effective method when it’s feasible, due to the current crisis situation, this tool will hopefully help those who aren’t able to access in person training. It will have free online …

Trudeau Announces Annual Increase to the Canada Child Benefit

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced an annual increase to the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). Introduced in 2016 by the Government of Canada, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly child benefit made to qualified families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years old. According to the announcement, the monthly CCB will go up …

Relaunch of Places of Worship in Alberta

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As Alberta is relaunching, places of worship are also starting to reopen throughout Alberta. Here are a few things to keep in mind during this time: Everyone should use the self-assessment tool before attending. Physical distancing must be maintained between people who are not from the same household at all times. Everyone has the decision to choose to wear non-medical …

Application for Canada Emergency Student Benefit Open Now!

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The application for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) is open on May 15, 2020. It provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. Students who apply must not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). From May to August 2020, the …

Visiting Museums Safely This Long Weekend

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On May 14, Stage 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch formally took effect. As part of stage 1 of the relaunch strategy, museums and art galleries are reopening, including these two provincial museums: The Royal Alberta Museum is reopening on May 16. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is reopening on May 22. From opening day to June 30, both these two …

Alberta is Relaunching

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Alberta will be slowly relaunching their non-essential businesses and services in the next few weeks. With enhanced testing capacity and contact tracing ability, along with a rapid response plan in place in the event of possible outbreaks, the province is ready to take the first incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services. In Calgary and Brooks, the relaunch will be …

Calgary Transit May 2020 Service Changes

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From May 16 to 19, there will be temporary service changes to the CTrain service. Both 201 (Red Line) and 202 (Blue Line) will be affected. It is very important to make necessary arrangements if you plan to take CTrain during the upcoming May Long weekend. For more details about the CTrain service change, please visit http://www.calgarytransit.com/service-updates and take a …