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.

Getting ready for school should not be stressful!

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This is that time of the year when we say good-bye to the lazy days of summer and turn our attention to the new school year. The new online Alberta Education’s Back to School Toolkit is packed with important and useful information to help students, parents, and teachers get a positive and healthy start to the new school year. For …

Thinking of Moving to Alberta?

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Here are some things you should know about finding a place to live in Alberta.

Finding the right place to live takes time as well as some effort and energy. So be prepared! First of all, give yourself time to do careful and thorough research about Alberta’s communities, housing markets, rental and vacancy rates.

– In April 2014, average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Alberta ranged from $739 to $2,061. The provincial average was $1,190.

– In June 2014, the average price of a house in Alberta ranged from $238,481 to $606,281. The provincial average of $407,166 is on par with the Canadian average of $413,215.

Whether you’re looking to live in a rural or urban community, to rent or purchase, there’s a lot to consider, including home and property insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, and don’t forget about utilities!

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be fast-tracked for citizenship

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Canada recognizes contributions of those permanent residents who have served or who are currently serving the country in uniform. Members of the Canadian military still must meet all of the standard conditions to apply for citizenship. However, the length of time they served in the Canadian Armed Forces can now be counted towards the reduced residency requirement providing them with quicker access to Canadian citizenship.

To find out more information about the program, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Start-up Visa Program: Get your business idea funded

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On July 16, 2014 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed the first two successful applicants under the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract more entrepreneurs and create jobs for Canadians. The Start-up Visa Program launched on April 1, 2013 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is the first of its kind in the world! It brings together …

Express Entry to be launched in January 2015

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The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program. Through Express Entry, eligible overseas applicants in one of the above mentioned federal immigration programs will be placed into a pool from which employers who cannot …

Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

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On June 19 Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, received Royal Assent and is now law. The changes significantly redefine the Canadian Citizenship Act. The reforms will make the citizenship program more efficient, reinforce the value of Canadian citizenship, crack down on citizenship fraud, protect and promote Canada’s interests and …