National Day of Mourning to Commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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The Prime Minister has announced that Monday, September 19, 2022, will be a one-time National Day of Mourning for the federal public service, including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), to coincide with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada. “On September 19, Canadians from across the country will pay their respects to …

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 …

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 …

Alberta Government Designated September 1 as Alberta Day

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Alberta became a province on September 1, 1905. In recognition of this anniversary and in celebration of our province’s unique spirit, culture and heritage, we have designated September 1 as Alberta Day. Alberta Day is a celebration of everything Alberta, from the past to the present. If you can’t get out to an event, celebrate your own way! Visit a provincial …

Celebrate Canada Day on July 1

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July 1 is Canada Day. Take advantage of events happening in Calgary. Reconnect with your loved ones and your community and celebrate what makes you proud on Canada Day! From 10 am to 11 pm, head downtown for all events, including learning more about Indigenous culture and a full day of music, entertainment and fireworks.  Fort Calgary – Canada Day …

Mandatory Mask Requirements Lifted in Alberta

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The Province of Alberta has entered Step 3, the final phase of its removal of public health measures on June 14, 2022. Mandatory mask requirements were lifted. As of 11:59 PM on June 14, 2022, face coverings are no longer required while using Calgary Transit. Masking in Alberta Health Services and contracted health facilities has shifted to organizational policy. You may …

Mandatory vaccination requirements for domestic travellers and federally regulated transportation workers to be suspended on June 20, 2022

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The Government of Canada has announced that, as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for domestic and outbound travel, federally regulated transportation sectors, and federal government employees. This means that vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train in Canada. Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply …

Sign up for Calgary Swimming Courses

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City of Calgary is organizing summer swim lessons and certification courses. Program registration dates are: May 31: Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre and Foothills Aquatic Centre June 2: Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre and Inglewood Aquatic Centre June 7: Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre and Glenmore Aquatic Centre June 9: Thornhill …

Draft K-6 Subjects to be Piloted Fall 2022

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Alberta’s government is continuing to take a balanced, phased approach to kindergarten to Grade 6 (K-6) curriculum renewal based on advice from the Curriculum Implementation Advisory Group. In September, classroom piloting for updated draft K-6 curriculum will begin with Science, French First Language and Literature, and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature Alberta’s government is providing maximum flexibility in how …

Removal of Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

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Beginning April 1, 2022, the Canadian government will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers entering the country to show a negative Covid-19 test result. This new policy will apply at both airport and land border crossings. Random testing of travelers arriving in Canada will continue, in order to track potential new COVID-19 variants. Word of the Day: Random – Done …