COVID-19 Border Restrictions to End on Oct. 1

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Newcomer Information, Settlement News Leave a Comment

The federal government is lifting COVID-19 border measures, including mandatory vaccine requirements, masking on planes and trains, and the use of the ArriveCan app. That means as of Oct. 1 all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through ArriveCAN, provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate, and monitor and report if …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

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 …

Chinatown Street Festival 2022

Lisa C. Community, Settlement News, Updates

Chinatown Street Festival 2022 will take place on August 20th, 2022. Free admission and family friendly. When and where: August 20, Saturday⁠, 11am – 7pm⁠ Calgary Chinatown – Centre Street / 3rd Avenue South 3 Avenue Southeast, Calgary Get ready to experience one of the most phenomenal cultural presence in the hearts of Calgary Chinatown. Hosted by the Calgary Chinatown …

Over 17 Thousand Afghan Refugees Arrived in Canada Since August 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. 17,375 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, under all …

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 …

Celebrate Pride Month in Alberta!

Lisa C. Community, Settlement News, Updates

June is Pride Month, a celebration of 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities and the progress we have made towards more equal rights for all people, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Pride Month events in June across the province of Alberta from June 24 to June 30: Innisfail Pride Burlesque Pride Show – YYC Back Alley Pub 2022 Pride YMM Festival Panel: The …

Your Support Is Needed for Helping Afghan Refugees Make Canada Their New Home

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News, Updates

After the First Group of Afghan Refugees Arriving in Canada on August 5, Canada welcomed more flights of Afghan refugees. With more flights planned in the days ahead, refugees will continue to be resettled through the immigration program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. Many refugees need extra help getting settled in Canada. …

Last Two Libraries to Open Doors at Regular Hours

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement News, Updates

On June 14, the Calgary Public Library opened all but two locations. Today the library has updated that the rest two libraries will open doors to public. They are: Rocky Ridge Library (as of June 28) Signal Hill Library (as of July 2) The following services are unavailable at the moment, and after July 2: Curbside Printing In-person events and …

World Refugee Day 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

World Refugee Day (each year on June 20) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.  Having been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution, refugees who settled in Canada make significant contributions to our nation’s economy. As tax payers, they create jobs, buy homes and put down roots …