COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates from Government of Alberta

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Updates

On March 15th, it was announced from the Government of Alberta that effective immediately: Student attendance at K to 12 schools is prohibited and in-person post-secondary classes are cancelled. All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely. New info for airline passengers, travellers, and employers The Government of Alberta said in-person post-secondary classes are …

Visit from The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News, Updates

On March 5, 2020, The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada visited Immigrant Services Calgary. ISC team had a productive discussion about many shared priorities including how to grow the francophone community in Alberta. We are excited to work together to innovate and make settlement easier for newcomers.

Help for temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by the novel coronavirus

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

There has been special measures put in place to help temporary and permanent residents (as well as applicants), who have been affected by the disruptions related to the coronavirus. This is because there has been a temporary closure of 11 visa application centres in mainland China. Permanent residents who need a permanent resident travel document to quickly travel to Canada …

Proposed Change for Oath of Citizenship

Michelle Mak Updates

On February 18, 2020, the Honourable Marco. E. L. Medicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. This bill proposes to insert text that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The new proposed language adds references to the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit …

Coronavirus Protection

Settlement ISC Community, Newcomer Information, Updates

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. There are ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus such as: use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill consult the Travel Health Notice for China before …

24th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards 2020

Settlement ISC Community, Newcomer Information, Settlement News, Updates

The Immigrants of Distinction Awards celebrates inspirational immigrants who have come to call Calgary home. Through the event we recognize people who have broken through barriers in some categories such as arts & culture, entrepreneurship, and community service. The IDA is the largest event in the city recognizing the value and innovation that newcomers bring to Calgary. Representatives from all levels of government will be attending, as well as partner agencies, and we’d love to see you there during our networking reception and awards.

Plan ahead this holiday season to arrive safe

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

With the holiday season in full swing, Albertans are reminded to drive safe and sober this month.
The Government of Alberta is reminding people “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs puts people at serious risk of injury and death. Cannabis, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as alcohol, especially when taken in combination.”

Streamlined access to seniors resources

Settlement ISC Seniors, Updates

In 2020, seniors will have one number to call for information, advocacy and referrals regarding Alberta government services. The Office of the Seniors Advocate will be combined with the Office of the Health Advocates to address seniors’ concerns more efficiently. Beginning Jan. 2, 2020, Alberta seniors, their families and service providers will be able to access information and referrals on …

Cyber Security

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

There are many steps that can be taken to ensure you are safe from online scams and frauds. The Government of Canada has a website,, that explains the different cyber risks and ways you can protect yourself.

Alberta ID card

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Did you know you can have an Alberta ID card if you don’t have an Alberta Driver’s License? The Alberta ID card can be used for any photo identification purposes. The minimum age to hold an ID card is 12 years old, you will also need to prove that you are an Alberta resident and you can legally live in Canada.

To apply for an Alberta ID card, visit a nearby authorized registry agent.
To learn more about the Alberta ID card, visit