Changes to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program Will Attract Global Talent

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates Leave a Comment

The Alberta Government is updating the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) to attract more newcomers. AAIP is an economic immigration program that allows Alberta to nominate qualified workers for permanent residency. Alberta’s economy is facing a shortage of labour and currently has 100,000 job openings across all sectors. To address this issue, Alberta’s government is making changes to the AAIP …

Alberta’s government is taking action to support food security

Nicole H. Community, Updates

To support the work Alberta food banks and other civil service agencies do to help Alberta families, the Alberta government is providing $10 million over two years, with the first $5 million to be distributed in the coming weeks and the second $5 million allocated for use in the 2023-24 fiscal year. In addition to the aforementioned, Alberta’s government is …

New Alberta Government Funding for Low-Income Learners

Nicole H. Community, Finance, Updates

Earlier this year, Alberta’s government invested $15 million to create the New Beginnings Bursary to support 1,000 low-income Albertans attending high-demand, qualified post-secondary programs, providing them with a $5,000 non-repayable support each year. The program quickly capped out for the 2022-23 academic year, which left about 700 eligible applicants without a bursary. To support these applicants with their education goals, …

Canada Unveils Plan to Welcome 1.4 million Immigrants between 2023 and 2025

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On November 1, 2022, the Government of Canada announced its 2023–2025 Immigration Levels Plan, setting the target to welcome around 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025. The announcement signals a significant increase from the 405,000 immigrants that came to Canada last year to the 465,000 expected to arrive next year and 485,000 in 2024. It will further rise to 500,000 …

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

Nicole H. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

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

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 …

Alberta Government Designated September 1 as Alberta Day

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

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 …

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 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 …