Book Launch: A Colourful Life

Settlement ISC Community, Newcomer Information, Seniors, Updates

On August 9th 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted a book launch celebration. The Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, also attended this celebration and presented the signature ceremony and book presentation. The book, titled “A Colourful Life”, is collection of poems and stories written by immigrant seniors from the creative writing class for seniors at ISC. This book is a result of a collaboration between ISC and Mount Royal University. Over 12 weeks, professors and students from Mount Royal and immigrant seniors worked together to write and craft stories about the topic of home.

New programs to help newcomer settlement and integration

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Employment, Newcomer Information, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has selected 824 projects to deliver high quality services to newcomers across Canada. The projects selected include: Language training and workplace-based language instruction to help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills  Employment services that foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers Support for French speaking newcomers Support for vulnerable populations …

Apply for the GST/HST Credit

Settlement ISC Community, Finance, Updates

The Goods and Services/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST credit) is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay.

Workplace communication training for IT professionals looking for career advancement in Canada

Settlement ISC Community, Employment, Updates

Immigrant Services Calgary’s Advanced Literacy & Essential Skills in the Workplace (ALES) will be hosting a free 10-week course for IT professionals looking for career advancement in Canada. Those who have worked or trained as a programmer, database analyst, data administrator or network technician may be eligible. In this course, you will receive training in oral and written communication, and …

Increase in Canada Child Benefit

Settlement ISC Community, Finance, Updates

Starting in July 2019, the Canada Child Benefit is increasing. The maximum annual benefit has increased to $6,639 per child under the age of 6 and to $5,602 per child age 6 to 17. This will give parents more money each month to keep up with the cost of living, as well as help them provide for their kids.

New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Employment, Updates

Canada will be starting a new 3-year economic immigration pilot that will fill labour shortages, specifically in meat processing and mushroom production, within the agri-food sector. This industry has been experiencing ongoing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees. The pilot aims to attract and retain workers by providing them an opportunity to become a permanent resident.  Details on how …

Canada and Luxembourg Sign New Youth Mobility Arrangement

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

A new arrangement between Canada and Luxembourg will allow youth between the ages 18 – 30 to work and travel for up to 12 months through the Working Holiday, International Co-op (internship), and Youth Professionals categories of the international Experience Canada (IEC) Program. Youth from Luxembourg can travel and work in Canada while youth from Canada can travel and work in Luxembourg.

Canada supports Francophone minority communities

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

Canada is supporting 7 organizations across the country to provide official language training services for French-speaking newcomers who want to settle in a Francophone minority community. Newcomers will be able to improve their skills in one language while taking a more intensive training in the other depending on their needs. It is important to be able to communicate in both official languages in Francophone minority communities.

Youth Inclusive Program Canada Day Picnic

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

Immigrant Services Calgary’s Youth Inclusive Program kicked off the long weekend with a fun-filled Canada Day picnic attended by 40 youth from the YIP and the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary. The YIP continued the celebration by volunteering at Silver Consulting’s Canada Day community event. Thank you to all of the YIP members who celebrated with us this weekend!

Fairchild Radio and ISC discuss Virtual Services for newcomers

Settlement ISC Community, Employment, Updates

On June 28, 2019, the Settlement team at Immigrant Services Calgary was invited to go to Fairchild Radio (FM 94.7) to talk about the virtual services they offer. We discussed about the different virtual services settlementcalgary.com has to offer, such as online job board, Virtual Career Fair, online job board, booking appointments, online citizenship quiz, etc. You can listen to it at …