May 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes.
The City of Calgary has a 3 cart system to collect garbage, recyclables as well as compost. There are three different colored bins, black bin is for garbage, blue bin is for recyclables and the green bin is for compostable items. The City of Calgary collects each bin on various days of the week depending on which community you live in.
In April 2019, Canada’s economy added 106,500 jobs and most of them were full time according to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey. This unexpected increase helped drop the unemployment rate from 5.8% in March to 5.7%. The gains were spread throughout many industries including both service and factory sectors. In wholesale and retail trade positions, employment rose by 32,400 and in the construction sector, 29,200 jobs were added. A rush of 66,400 part time positions for workers between ages 15 – 24 also helped lower the youth unemployment rate from 10.7% to 10.3%.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is a limited time pathway to permanent residence for qualifying in-home caregivers and their families. If you have work experience in Canada as a home child care provider or home support worker, you may be able to apply for permanent residence. The deadline for this application is June 4 2019.
Mental Health Week is from May 6 – 12, 2019 this year and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is using social media to promote awareness for this campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Get loud about what mental health really is”. This year’s theme encourages Canadians to understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions of mental health and mental illnesses. CMHA says that confusion is often what contributes to the “stigma of mental illnesses; it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t”.
On May 6 2019, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be raised again starting July 20, 2019. This means that in the 2019 – 2020 benefit year, the maximum benefit will be $6,639 per child under the age of 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 – 17.
From April 24 – April 27th 2019, invitations to potential sponsors were sent out to submit a complete application. If you received an invitation, the deadline to submit your application is on or before June 28, 2019. Any applications received after the deadline will be returned to you and you will not receive another invitation.
On April 30, 2019, Alberta’s Premier, Jason Kenney and his cabinet were sworn in at the Government House in Edmonton.
On May 4 2019 at 3:00 PM, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting an event in partnership with the United Medical Clinic to talk about mental health and self-esteem in children. Dr Makiwane will be offering this session to parents and professionals to discuss ways to help children strengthen self-esteem and deal with the issue of bullying. Learn new tools to teach kids in your life how to overcome bullying in their schools and communities.
Budget 2019 is the next step in the government’s plan to ensure middle class Canadians will benefit from Canada’s economic growth. This action plan includes helping more Canadians find affordable housing, prepare them for well-paying jobs, helping them retire with confidence and allowing them to be able to afford the prescription drugs they need. On March 22 2019, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification highlighted how investments in Budget 2019 will help Canadians find and keep good jobs in a rapidly changing job market and the increasingly competitive global economy.