UofC Law Students offering free legal service for Albertans facing debt

Michelle Mak Community, Finance, Newcomer Information

The Consumer Debt Negotiation Project is a project that aims to help Albertans facing debt by offering free legal advice. This project is done by the University of Calgary law school students who are volunteering their time to help those in need. The clinic is also collaborating with Pro Bono Law Alberta’s ongoing duty counsel and amicus programs as well …

Funding to help Canadians develop work skills

Michelle Mak Community, Employment, Finance, Newcomer Information

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced on November 13, the details of an investment of $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories. This investment will help Canadians in underrepresented groups and in sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic (such as construction, transportation, and hospitality) quickly access supports to re-enter the workforce. This …

Federal Investments Announced to Launch Black Entrepreneurship Program

Lisa C. Finance, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners in Canada. We need to do more to support them and address anti-Black racism. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions (including RBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, National …

Financial Relief Navigator

Michelle Mak Finance, Newcomer Information

Prosper Canada has launched an online tool: Financial Relief Navigator (FRN). This tool helps vulnerable Canadians and those impacted financially by COVID-19 access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. While some other tools focus on only emergency benefits, the FRN acts as a one-stop portal where Canadians can access relief measures from …

CERB Extended by Another Four Weeks & Changes to EI

Lisa C. Finance, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced some new changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Employment Insurance (EI) program. These changes are aiming to allow more people to receive financial assistance during COVID-19. The CERB will be extended by an additional 4 weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits …

City of Edmonton – Property Tax Deadline

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Finance, Newcomer Information

The City of Edmonton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is providing flexible payment options for 2020 property taxes. Usually, the payment deadline is June 30 but, this year, late-payment penalties on unpaid taxes will not be charged until September 1, 2020. But, if you are able to pay your property taxes by the usual deadline of June 30, you …

CRA Website Launches New Chatbot Charlie

Lisa Cai Finance, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

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

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Finance, Newcomer Information

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

Lisa Cai Finance, Settlement & Community News, Updates

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 …