The Immigrants of Distinction Awards celebrates inspirational immigrants who have come to call Calgary home. Through the event we recognize people who have broken through barriers in some categories such as arts & culture, entrepreneurship, and community service. The IDA is the largest event in the city recognizing the value and innovation that newcomers bring to Calgary. Representatives from all levels of government will be attending, as well as partner agencies, and we’d love to see you there during our networking reception and awards.
Settling in a new place often means getting a new job. Depending on what country you worked in previously, you may find that the rules are quite different from what you are used to. Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of your search, already employed, or have been recently terminated, it is important to understand your rights under …
With the temperatures dropping this upcoming week, it is important to be smart and keep yourself warm throughout this season. Immigrant Services Calgary has a How-to & Smart Tips Video Series that helps newcomers learn practical information and resources that are helpful to start a new life in Alberta. In the How to Prepare for Winter in Alberta video, you …
Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting free Income Tax Return Clinics for newcomers who are eligible. These income tax return clinics will be run by volunteers and available at the Immigrant Services Calgary office. The schedule for the income tax return clinics will be released early 2020. To ensure you will have an appointment with an income tax return volunteer, make an appointment with a settlement counselor so you are notified when it is available.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino has given notice that the application process for the 2020 Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship application is being postponed, it is usually opened in the month of January. The reason for postponing this is to “complete the development of a new application intake management process for the parents and grandparents sponsorship program, to be implemented in 2020.”
Currently, every March, everyone will change their time to an hour ahead and every November, everyone will change their time to an hour behind. The Government of Alberta is asking for Albertans for their opinions on daylight savings and whether you think Alberta should remain on daylight saving time all year long.
People can now give their fingerprints and photo right here in Canada
Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
As of December 3, 2019, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.
For the past 8 years on October 1st, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Seniors Program has been hosting National Seniors Day to recognize the remarkable contributions that seniors make to their families, communities and society.
This year, National Seniors Day will be happening on October 1st from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the New Central Library “Patricia A. Whelan” Performance Hall. There will be multicultural performances, information booths and displays, inspiring stories and also light refreshments. Join us to celebrate our seniors!
Immigrant Services Calgary will host its fourth Virtual Career Fair (VCF) on October 2 & 3, 2019. The event is free for professional newcomer job seekers and will be accessible online across Canada. There will be 20+ organizations participating, offering 1000+ jobs for various industries and positions targeting all newcomers. Companies will also be hosting live webinars to discuss various topics both days, viewers will also be able to ask questions at the end of each session. At the Virtual Career Fair, you will be able to interact with recruiters and employers, apply for jobs and get more information on the careers available in Canada! Register online today at vcf.settlementcalgary.com!
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 …