Trudeau announces new financial support for Canada’s seniors

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On May 12, 2020, the federal government introduced a $2.5 billion program to help nearly seven million Canadian seniors deal with costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada is providing a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income …

CERB Information Now Available in Multiple Languages

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Many people are going through financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada is offering different financial supports to all those in need. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been launched in April to help you with temporary income support if you have stopped working because of COVID-19. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 …

Online Platform CORE for Seniors

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A new online platform called CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education) will help seniors-serving agencies improve their delivery of services in these following ways: – making it easier for agencies to share resources and coordinate services; – focusing on challenges that seniors face during COVID-19, e.g. transportation, social isolation, home supports; – supporting agencies to access training and promote best …

Online ELL Conversation Classes

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The Calgary Public Library is offering a  free, three-week online conversation group to practice speaking English, meet new virtual friends, and learn about local community and culture. This informal program is a chance to discuss topics in a fun and relaxing environment. The program is open to all adults (ages 18+) with limited spaces available. To register, you will need …

Avoid and Discourage Misinformation During COVID-19

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Misinformation (false or inaccurate information) has always existed. As COVID-19 cases have emerged across the world, so has misinformation become more widespread than ever in the past two months. Why is there so much misinformation during COVID-19? During this special time, people are feeling confused, helpless, anxious, insecure and scared. These are all normal feelings. As a result, we are …

Watch Out for Possible Census Scams

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Recently, some residents have received requests for census information, but please note that the requests are not from the City of Calgary. These requests may be scams. The door-to-door collection of data has been considered an unnecessary risk to census workers and citizens, therefore the City of Calgary has temporarily postponed the 2020 census during COVID-19 for the safety and …

Alberta expands testing eligibility for COVID-19

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The Government of Alberta is further reinforcing their ability to detect new cases by expanding their testing eligibility and the list of COVID symptoms that qualify a person for testing. Individuals who have any of the following symptoms are eligible for testing: Fever; Chills; A new cough or worsening of a chronic cough; New or worsening shortness of breath or …

COVID-19: Food Security Page Now Live

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The Calgary Local Immigration Partnership has recently launched a new webpage dedicated to multilingual information on food resources for newcomers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The multilingual information is based on the English version of Food Resources for Newcomers issued by the City of Calgary. This list includes over 10 free and low-cost food programs for newcomers in Calgary. If you …