COVID-19 Border Restrictions to End on Oct. 1

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The federal government is lifting COVID-19 border measures, including mandatory vaccine requirements, masking on planes and trains, and the use of the ArriveCan app. That means as of Oct. 1 all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through ArriveCAN, provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate, and monitor and report if …

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022

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September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Canada. For more than a century, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. The term residential schools refers to a school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the objective of educating …

Hit the Ground Running

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “Hit the ground running”, which means: To immediately work hard and successfully at a new activity. If you hit the ground running, you start a new activity with a lot of enthusiasm and energy and do not waste any time. This expression can often be used in a …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

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Canada’s Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has recently highlighted Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ongoing efforts to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs. As part of this plan, the Minister announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall to increase their processing capacity and tackle the backlogs. This …

The Ball is in Your Court

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “the ball is in your court.” What does “the ball is in your court” mean? “The ball is in your court” means: You have the responsibility of taking the next action or a making decision Examples: She apologized for betraying him and asked if they could continue their …

Heritage Day 2022

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Heritage Day long weekend is coming up! Heritage Day takes place on the first Monday of August each year in Alberta and recognizes and celebrates the varied cultural, architectural, and historical heritage of the people who have shaped this province. We encourage you to set out to find museums, historical sites, festivals, or natural heritage sites around Alberta on Heritage …

Once in a Blue Moon

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “once in a blue moon.” What does “once in a blue moon” mean? “Once in a blue moon” means: Rarely Examples: He only buys me flowers once in a blue moon. She doesn’t get angry often; it only happens once in a blue moon. Before you go, check …

IRCC Gradually Resuming Express Entry Draws

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Good news! Starting July 6, 2022, IRCC has gradually resumed inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry (EE) – Useful Links Stay informed and updated: Sign up for Express Entry latest news Instructions that explain how the rounds …

Get Ready for Calgary Stampede 2022!

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Calgary Stampede is coming back this summer 2022. Dust off your cowboy boots and gather around for a ten-day long celebration that has a rich history going back over 100 years! Did you know that the first Calgary Stampede was hosted in 1912? Learn more about Stampede History here: https://www.calgarystampede.com/heritage Find your free Stampede breakfast here: https://stampedebreakfast.ca/events/ Check out the …

Hang in there

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In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “hang in there.” What does “hang in there” mean? “Hang in there” means: Don’t give up Examples: Hang in there! Even though you did not succeed at this job interview, I am confident you will find the right job if you keep applying. Before you go, check …