Claiming Home Office Expenses

Lisa C. COVID-19, Daily Life, Finance, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Un message en français suivra. Employees who worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of a least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 will now be eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020. A new temporary flat rate method will allow eligible employees to claim a deduction of $2 for …

Rapid Housing Initiative in Calgary

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Calgary will be receiving $24.6 million through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s Rapid Housing Initiative. The details have recently been announced. “We share the same goal as our partners at the Federal Government to house thousands of Canadians in need. This is a great first step but we cannot take our foot off the gas.” – Naheed Nenshi, Mayor …

Canada Suspends Flights from the UK for 72 Hours

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Updates

The Government of Canada is closely monitoring the variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom. More research is needed in Canada and around the world to better understand this variant and its impacts. Given the high number of cases of a variant COVID-19 virus in some regions in the UK, starting from midnight on December …

New IRCC Public Policy Helping Stranded Temporary Workers from Trinidad and Tobago

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Updates

Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a new public policy to help agricultural workers from Trinidad and Tobago (a dual-island Caribbean nation) stranded in Canada due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in their home country. This public policy, in effect until February 12, 2021, ensures they can maintain their legal status if they remain in Canada through the winter …

COVIDLoves.ca

Lisa C. COVID-19, Fun Facts, Updates

The Alberta Government has recently launched a website https://covidloves.ca/ to educate people how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 using humour. Visit this website to watch funny videos, read guidelines, learn whether you are at risk, and access other resources! Here are the two videos published so far: COVID loves Parties COVID loves the Holidays Explore the website: Covid Loves …

Alberta Offers Outreach Support to Communities with High Numbers of Active COVID-19 Cases

Lisa C. Accessibility, Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The government of Alberta has recently put forward new outreach supports for communities in Calgary and Edmonton with higher numbers of active COVID-19 cases and rates of infection. Calgary neighbourhoods include: Lower Northeast and Upper Northeast Edmonton neighbourdhoods include: Abbottsfield, Castle Downs, Eastwood, Jasper Place, Millwoods West, North East, Northgate, Woodcroft East, Woodcroft West Starting December 15, residents in these …

Government of Alberta Community Development Unit

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Updates

The Government of Alberta offers learning and development services to non-profit organizations, staff and volunteers, and the sector as a whole! They are currently hosting online event/workshops about the following topics: Building community capacity Collaboration and partnerships Facilitation Fund development Developing leadership capabilities Organization and board development Planning Public participation The next workshop available is happening today! The title is “Pivot …

New changes to Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

On December 14, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced changes to make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) more flexible for applicants. He also welcomed the first two practical nurses under the Pilot to Sault St. Marie. The RNIP is a community-driven program that advocates immigration to smaller communities. The program …