Back to School Reminder 2019

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There are two main public school systems in Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD).  For CBE, classes start on September 3, 2019 for those who are on the traditional school calendars. Those who still have not enrolled their children into school yet may register on August 28, 2019 for schools on the …

Book Launch: A Colourful Life

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On August 9th 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted a book launch celebration. The Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, also attended this celebration and presented the signature ceremony and book presentation. The book, titled “A Colourful Life”, is collection of poems and stories written by immigrant seniors from the creative writing class for seniors at ISC. This book is a result of a collaboration between ISC and Mount Royal University. Over 12 weeks, professors and students from Mount Royal and immigrant seniors worked together to write and craft stories about the topic of home.

New programs to help newcomer settlement and integration

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has selected 824 projects to deliver high quality services to newcomers across Canada. The projects selected include: Language training and workplace-based language instruction to help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills  Employment services that foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers Support for French speaking newcomers Support for vulnerable populations …

Creating Language-rich Environments

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The Talk Box from the Government of Alberta was created to help guide parents in creating language rich environments and encourages learning a second language. It has everyday tips, information on what to expect in speech and language development and information and when and where to get help.

Getting prepared for emergencies – City of Calgary

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The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) plans and coordinates emergency services and resources during major emergencies and disasters. We also work with the community to provide emergency preparedness education to help citizens withstand an emergency or disaster. Understanding what the disaster risks are in Calgary and taking action to prepare before something happens will ensure you and your family stay safe until help arrives.

January 11 – Sir John A. Macdonald Day

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Sir John A. Macdonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada and took part in drafting the Confederation and also the British North America Act. On January 11, activities and events are hosted in his honor and teachers and youth leaders often utilize this day to bring awareness to children about Canada’s first Prime Minister.

French services available for French speaking newcomers in Canada

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The Government of Canada has French services available for French speaking newcomers to ensure easier settlement and integration.
There are French services that are Province specific that help French speaking newcomer’s settle in that region of Canada. There are also services that offer French newcomers economic integration services and tools prior to arrival. Additional French services can be utilized to find Francophone communities outside of Quebec or finding a job.
In Calgary, French newcomers can book an appointment with one of our French speaking settlement counselors at Immigrant Services Calgary or visit the Francophone Newcomers Centre.

Celebrate Canada Day on July 1

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This year’s Canada Day celebrates Canada’s 151st birthday. Calgary has a number of events planned across downtown. You can also join Canada’s newest Canadian at a special citizenship ceremony at the YYC Calgary International Airport Arrival terminal at 10am on July 1. Happy Canada Day!

Alberta Health Services Warns of Text Scams Using Its Name

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Alberta Health Services is warning Albertans about a new text scam. Some Albertans have been receiving text messages that links to what looks like an e-transfer site. Once you open the link, the site asks you to input your bank information. Alberta Health Services would like to clarify that it would never send text messages, and would never request for money through e-transfer. If you receive such a text message, do not open the link.