CRA Website Launches New Chatbot Charlie

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has launched a pilot project Charlie the Chatbot to help answer your questions on Tax filing COVID-19 emergency benefits Try it out today: Chat with Charlie! We chatted with Charlie. Please understand that Charlie is not a real person. It’s just a Chatbot. When Charlie doesn’t understand your question, try rephrasing it. As a new …

Property Tax Extension 2020

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The City of Calgary has created measures to help citizens and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures include help with property tax bills, which will still be mailed by the end of May 2020; however, two new relief measures were approved to provide flexibility for property owners: The tax payment deadline has been extended from June 30 to …

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

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The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, co-ops, and non-profits that were ordered to close or reduce operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. The …

Special Payment to Seniors In July

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced special payment to Canadian seniors. In the week of July 6, 2020, seniors who receive Old Age Security will get an additional $300, and those on the Guaranteed Income Supplement will receive an additional $200. On top of their existing benefits, this support will help seniors with extra costs during the COVID-19 …

Video: What is the Fair Entry Program?

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What is the Fair Entry Program? Fair Entry Subsidy will allow eligible Calgarians to access subsidized programs and services. The process assesses your income eligibility for multiple city programs. You may qualify for individual programs such as a Recreation Fee Assistance and Calgary Transit Low Income Transit Pass Program or household programs such as Property Tax Assistance Program, Seniors Services …

Income Tax Deadline

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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the income tax deadline has now been extended to  June 1 for T1 individuals, and the June 15 filing deadline for T1 self-employed individuals (sole-proprietors). Please note that if the 2019 tax return is not assessed in time, benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payments will be based on information from 2018 …

More Supports for Small Businesses

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On April 16, 2020, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced new measures to support Canadian small businesses. The Government of Canada is: Helping a wider range of Businesses: Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. The previous range was $50,000 to $1 million. Helping Small Businesses with …

Calgary Arts Development Short-Term Artist Relief Fund Program

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The Calgary Arts Development Short-Term Artist Relief Fund Program is a temporary one-time program to help address some of the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists in Calgary. “This fund is intended to support artists and freelance cultural workers who have lost income or incurred unrecoverable expenses, related to their artistic work, due to event cancellations or travel …

Calgary Legal Guidance Immigration Line

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If you have any questions about: Matters with an urgent deadline, e.g. Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) notification, Removal Order (Departure, Exclusion, Deportation) Scheduled immigration hearings, e.g. Refugee Protection Division, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration Appeal Division, Federal Court Inside-Canada refugee claim Refused sponsorship Humanitarian & Compassionate Application made and refused Letter from Canada Border Services Agency with an appointment time You …