Newcomers take to the slopes with new winter sports campaign

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Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) and Seekers Media are partnering on a new visibility initiative that will be welcoming newcomers to Alberta and connecting them with winter sports.

The new initiative, #NewSkiAb, shows people of diverse backgrounds talking about their first experiences with traditional Canadian activities like skiing and snowshoeing. In addition, some lucky individuals and their families will have the opportunity to receive free lessons and trips to winter activities around Alberta to help introduce them to their new home in the province. It is hoped that this initiative can help newcomers with increasing their sense of belonging and building of their Canadian identity.

Alberta Election 2015

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After 44 years as the party that formed Alberta’s provincial government, the Progressive Conservative Party (PC) fell to third place after election night on May 5, 2015, winning only 10 seats. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) garnered majority support from electors and has become the new party in power in Alberta with 53 seats. The party’s leader, Rachel Notley, …

Minister Kenney and Minister of State Uppal issue statement on Vaisakhi – Canada News Centre

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Minister Kenney and Minister of State Uppal issue statement on Vaisakhi Ottawa, April 14, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on Vaisakhi: “Today, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will celebrate Vaisakhi, one of the most important dates for members of the …

Networking and Relationship Building for Foreign Trained HR Professionals

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On Thursday March 12th, Immigrant Services Calgary in partnership with the Adiuvo Foundation, hosted an interactive workshop to introduce the concept of professional networking in Canada to foreign trained HR professionals. At this event, participants also had an opportunity to learn about work search resources for job seekers in this field, as well as meet and network with Lisa Lutman – Senior HR Specialist …

Coffee & Conversation

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On November 5, 2014 SNAP launched its most recent initiative, a Coffee & Conversation program in collaboration with Woodcliff United Church & Korean Central Presbyterian Church. The purpose of this initiative is to provide members of the Korean community with an opportunity to practice English conversation in a casual and supportive environment. With the advertising of the new program in …

Easier than You Think!

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On Tuesday September 22, Twenty three professionals from various immigrant serving agencies took part in a training titled, “Easier than You Think”. The training was facilitated by Diana Wark from Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The purpose was to help service providers support parents as they discuss healthy bodies and healthy relationships with their children. Immigrant Services Calgary is a member …

Apprenticeship training is now transferable

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Alberta Premier Dave Hancock signed labour mobility agreement-in-principle with Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil. This agreement will allow apprenticeship training transferable between Alberta and Nova Scotia. This will improve the recognition of in-province training, allow for the recognition of apprenticeship work experience hours, and enhance labour mobility for apprentices in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. For more information please visit:  

Alberta increases minimum wage in September

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As of September 1, 2014, Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase from $9.95 to $10.20 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise from $9.05 to $9.20 per hour. A $1 per hour differential recognizes that liquor servers typically earn tips. About 1.5 per cent of Alberta’s employees that is approximately 25,700 people, earn minimum wage. To compare, 6.8 …

Supporting Calgary Youth in tackling tough issues and making positive choices

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Anti-crime programs that focus on gangs, bullying, drugs, and internet safety will help young people in Alberta sort fact from fiction.The most recent Civil Forfeiture Fund (CFF) grants support 15 projects throughout Alberta, including the YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre which received a two-year $500,000 grant.The YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is an interactive facility that supports youth by helping them strengthen their knowledge of the tough issues of their time, make positive life choices, and become responsible citizens in their communities.CFF grants support community initiatives aimed at children, youth, and families at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, including gang involvement and those at-risk of being a victim of crime. A total of $2.8 million in grants support community crime prevention and victims’ services projects.

Get to know Alberta through numbers

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You might be aware that Alberta is the fastest growing province in Canada. Alberta’s population grew by 3.5 per cent in 2013—triple the national average—surpassing the four million mark for the first time. The average weekly earnings in Alberta are more than 20 per cent higher than the national average. And did you know that Albertans are big on volunteering? More than 80 per cent of Albertans do some kind of volunteer work and almost half of Albertans who volunteered chose to contribute to sports and recreation activities by coaching a team or by officiating or organizing sporting and/or recreational events. These are just a few of many interesting facts you’ll find in the 2014 Alberta Official Statistics.