Take it with a pinch of salt

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …

Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …

A blessing in disguise

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “A blessing in disguise.” What does “A blessing in disguise” mean? “A blessing in disguise” means: An event that seems wrong at first but results in something good happening later. Examples: She was upset when her boyfriend left her, but it was a blessing in disguise because she …

Bring to light

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Bring to light”. What does “bring to light” mean? “Bring to light” means: Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret Reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal To cause something to be known Synonyms: Reveal, expose, disclose. Example: The facts that were uncovered in the investigation …

New Temporary Residence Pathway to Welcome Those Fleeing the War in Ukraine

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This is a special temporary residence pathway to welcome Ukrainians and their families to Canada. With CUAET, Ukrainians and their family members can stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years. They will also be eligible for a free open work permit or …

Let the cat out of the bag

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Let the cat out of the bag”. What does “let the cat out of the bag” mean? “Let the cat out of the bag” means to: to let a secret out in the open to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise Examples: He let …

Canada Learning Bond

Lisa C. Finance, Newcomer Information

What is Canada Learning Bond (CLB)? The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Canadian Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families.  The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) helps to pay the costs of a child’s full- or part-time studies after high school. How much a child could get? The Government of Canada …

Hit the Sack

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Hit the sack. What does “hit the sack” mean? Go to bed in order to sleep Example: I have to wake up early tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the sack. Before you go, check out our English Learning tips articles! Immigrant Services Calgary offers online language assessment …