Alberta proposes “Open for Business Act” and youth minimum wage

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The Government of Alberta has proposed an “Open for Business Act” that aims to return to previous general holiday pay and banks overtime rules, and additionally, introduce a $13/hour minimum wage for students under 18. This will not require employers to provide holiday pay even if they are not open that day. If passed, changes to holiday pay rules, overtime and Flexible Averaging Agreements will take effect on September 1, 2019. The new youth minimum wage of $13/hour will take effect June 26, 2019.

Fair Entry – programs and services for low income Calgarians

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The City of Calgary has a Fair Entry subsidy that will allow eligible Calgarians to access subsidized programs and services. The process will assess your income eligibility for multiple City programs. You may qualify for individual programs such as a Recreation Fee Assistance and Calgary Transit Low Income Transit Pass Program or household programs such as Property Tax Assistance Program, Seniors Services Home Maintenance Program or No Cost Spay Neuter Program.

Canada ends the Designated Country of Origin practice – IRCC

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May 17, 2019—Ottawa, ON—The Government of Canada is committed to a well-managed asylum system that’s fair, fast and final. Effective today, Canada is removing all countries from the designated country of origin (DCO) list, which effectively suspends the DCO policy, introduced in 2012, until it can be repealed through future legislative changes.

City of Calgary’s Garbage Pick-up Schedule

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The City of Calgary has a 3 cart system to collect garbage, recyclables as well as compost. There are three different colored bins, black bin is for garbage, blue bin is for recyclables and the green bin is for compostable items. The City of Calgary collects each bin on various days of the week depending on which community you live in.

Canada’s economy adds 106,500 jobs in the April

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In April 2019, Canada’s economy added 106,500 jobs and most of them were full time according to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey. This unexpected increase helped drop the unemployment rate from 5.8% in March to 5.7%. The gains were spread throughout many industries including both service and factory sectors. In wholesale and retail trade positions, employment rose by 32,400 and in the construction sector, 29,200 jobs were added. A rush of 66,400 part time positions for workers between ages 15 – 24 also helped lower the youth unemployment rate from 10.7% to 10.3%.

Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2019

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Mental Health Week is from May 6 – 12, 2019 this year and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is using social media to promote awareness for this campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Get loud about what mental health really is”. This year’s theme encourages Canadians to understand the terminology and reduce the confusion and misconceptions of mental health and mental illnesses. CMHA says that confusion is often what contributes to the “stigma of mental illnesses; it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t”.

Increased Canada Child Benefit Payments coming July 2019

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On May 6 2019, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the Canada Child Benefit will be raised again starting July 20, 2019. This means that in the 2019 – 2020 benefit year, the maximum benefit will be $6,639 per child under the age of 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 – 17.