Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …

Mask Mandate in Alberta Still in Effect for High-Risk Settings

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

As part of the 3-step easing measures, the provincial mask mandate has been lifted since March 1, 2022. Masks are still required in high-risk settings, including: on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13+ at all AHS operated and contracted facilities at all continuing care settings Vaccinated individuals must mask for up to five days following mandatory isolation due …

Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Gradually Lifted

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta public health measures will be lifted gradually in three steps as the fifth wave subsides and pressure on the health-care system eases! Changes for Step 1 go in effect Feb 9: The Restrictions Exemption Program ends Restrictions on sale of food and beverages and consumption while seated in audience settings are removed Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table …

IRCC Looking to Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery improve client service. Highlights of progress include but are not limited to the following areas: Permanent Residence (PR) online PR applications, including PR card renewals easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within …

Temporary Changes to Passport Application Process

Noel Updates

Canada’s borders and international travel has opened up again in recent months, and the demands for passport renewals and applications have been increasing quickly. To keep up with the demand, the federal government has implemented a new temporary passport application process, depending on the urgency of travel plans. If your travel plans begin after 25 business days, you will need …

Alberta Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

Isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others. As of January 3, you are legally required to isolate as outlined below: Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, …

Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 12 Winter Break Extended to January 10, 2022

Lisa C. COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The extended break will give school authorities time to gather additional data to assess staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the current COVID-19 situation. To assist with the safe return to classes, Alberta Health and Municipal Affairs’ PPE Task Force will also deliver the following to schools, starting the week of January 10: 8.6 million rapid tests 16.5 …

Alberta Announces New Business Restrictions Starting December 24, 2021

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

New limits on large venues and restaurants come into effect on December 24 at 12:01am. Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Effective Dec 24, 2021 at 12:01am) Indoor facilities that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program: Must limit capacity to 50% if venue seats more than 1,000 people, and 500 people if venue seats between 500 and 1,000 people. No …