Heritage Day 2022

Nicole H. Community, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News

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

Nicole H. Newcomer Information

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

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

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!

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Settlement News, Updates

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

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

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 …

Canada is Extending Current Border Measures for Travellers entering Canada

Lisa C. Health and wellness, Newcomer Information

On June 29, the Government of Canada extended current border measures for travellers entering Canada until at least September 30, 2022. You must continue to submit your mandatory travel information in ArriveCAN through the free app or web site. You can now save time at the airport by using ArriveCAN to answer customs and immigration questions before your flight lands in Canada. …

IRCC Announced Enhancements to Canada’s Super Visa Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Seniors

These new enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time. New changes will come into effect on July 4, 2022. the length of stay for super visa holders will be increased to 5 years per entry into Canada …

Beat around the bush

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers,” let’s take a look at this expression: “Beat around the bush.” What does “Beat around the bush” mean? “Beat around the bush” means: To avoid the point To talk about unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important Examples: Why are you beating around the bush instead of telling me what …

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Nicole H. Community, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development! Cultural diversity refers to the different birthplaces, ethnicities, languages, values, beliefs, and world views particular groups of people identify with. We can deepen our understanding of cultural diversity and its value in our lives by simply having a dialogue with those who are different from us. It all …

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 …