June 20 is World Refugee Day. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced an innovative pilot project that will connect newcomers with jobs in the hotel industry. This 3-year project will assist up to 1,300 newcomers – many fo them refugees – in gaining job experience. During the employment, they will be able to improve their language skills as well.
In Canada, homeowners are required to pay their property taxes each year, and they pay property tax directly to their local government. In Calgary, the property taxes are due June 29. Any account not paid in full as of July 1 is penalized 7% on the unpaid taxes. There are different payment options to pay directly to the City or through banks.
Alberta Health Services is warning Albertans about a new text scam. Some Albertans have been receiving text messages that links to what looks like an e-transfer site. Once you open the link, the site asks you to input your bank information. Alberta Health Services would like to clarify that it would never send text messages, and would never request for money through e-transfer. If you receive such a text message, do not open the link.
Alberta has redesigned its driver’s licenses and identification cards with updated security features to help protect Albertans against counterfeiting and identification theft.
The new design reflects Alberta’s landscape and history, and it includes an image of an Albertosaurus, a dinosaur, whose remains were first found in Alberta.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has appointed 10 citizenship judges. The number of citizenship judges has been increased from five to 14. They are located in Halifax, Montreal, the Greater Toronto Area, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.
In 2018, each Canada’s national park and historic site will offer one day free admission. The Parks Canada’s free admission day is vary according to location. For more information about more details or the dates for other places, please visit Parks Canada’s website.
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.
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.
May 3, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad, today signed a new bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and Portugal. – IRCC
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.