Canada plans to lift visa requirement for United Arab Emirates

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

On May 28, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced plans to remove the visa requirement for UAE citizens on June 5, 2018. UAE citizens will not need a visa for short visits to Canada (up to 6 months).
Although UAE citizens will not need to apply for a visa, like other visa-exempt travelers, they will still need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

City of Calgary – Green Cart Compost Giveaway

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Spring is here! Gardening is near! To give you a head start, the City of Calgary is giving Calgarians free fertilizer.  

Bring along your shovels, gloves and containers to take home up to 100 litres of compost per day per vehicle. The fertilizer is 100% natural. It is made of the food scraps, leaves, and yard waste materials through City of Calgary Green Cart Program. Calgarians can pick up the compost on every Saturday in May.

Emergency Alert Testing Across Canada on May 7, 9

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Next week millions of mobile phones and tablets will ring and vibrate across the Canada to test the new national public emergency alert system. Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, said the wireless providers will send a test alert on May 7 and 9. It sounds similar to an ambulance alarm. In Alberta, the test will be distributed on May 9 at 1:55 PM MDT.

7,300 Affordable Child Care Spaces in Alberta Now

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The Government of Alberta just announced that Alberta is adding 100 additional Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) centres offering $25 per day care. Alberta now has a total number of 7,300 affordable spaces. 
This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to kindergarten with maximum fees of $25 per day. The centres may offer flexible child care for parents who work part-time or shifts that are outside typical day car hours. 

Alberta Career Week April 23 to April 27, 2018

Settlement ISC Employment, Updates

April 23 to April 27, 2018 is Alberta Career Week. There are many career events across the province during this week to help Albertans with employment and career options, and exploring training and education programs. Immigrant Services Calgary’s Employment Bridging Program has also organized two workshops.

Government of Canada brings medical inadmissibility policy in line with inclusivity for persons with disabilities – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes to the policy on medical inadmissibly policy. “The new policy on medical inadmissibility strikes a balance between protecting publicly funded health and social services and updating the policy to bring it in line with current views on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. “

YIP Tales From Around the Globe

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

The Youth Inclusive Program at Immigrant Services Calgary presents Tales from Around the Globe Community Fair!

Every newcomer youth has a story. Tell your story through film, music, dance, or writing! We are looking for immigration stories that match our theme of ‘A Colourful Life: Diversity in Canada’. Immigrant Services Calgary is giving away two $500 scholarships to youth who are willing to share their stories at the Tale from Around the Globe Community Fair on March 17, 2018.

TAX PREPARATION CLINIC 2018

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Immigrant Services Calgary is offering free volunteer-led tax preparation clinics. Our Canada Revenue Agency community tax volunteers will complete simple tax returns for low income immigrants and convention refugees. For more information about the Tax Preparation Clinic, please see the poster below.