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.

Event: Mental Health and Self Esteem Championship in Children

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On May 4 2019 at 3:00 PM, Immigrant Services Calgary will be hosting an event in partnership with the United Medical Clinic to talk about mental health and self-esteem in children. Dr Makiwane will be offering this session to parents and professionals to discuss ways to help children strengthen self-esteem and deal with the issue of bullying. Learn new tools to teach kids in your life how to overcome bullying in their schools and communities.

Government’s plan to help Canadians find and keep good jobs

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Budget 2019 is the next step in the government’s plan to ensure middle class Canadians will benefit from Canada’s economic growth. This action plan includes helping more Canadians find affordable housing, prepare them for well-paying jobs, helping them retire with confidence and allowing them to be able to afford the prescription drugs they need. On March 22 2019, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification highlighted how investments in Budget 2019 will help Canadians find and keep good jobs in a rapidly changing job market and the increasingly competitive global economy.

March is Fraud Prevention Month

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March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada. Newcomers and immigrants can be targets for fraud such as advertisements promising work permits or guaranteeing high-paying jobs in Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will be raising awareness of the different types of immigration fraud, how to recognize scams and fraudulent website, how to properly choose an immigration or citizenship consultant and how to report fraud.

Consent letter for children when travelling abroad

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In Canada, a consent letter is highly recommended when travelling abroad with children. This includes children travelling abroad alone, with only one parent or guardian, with friends or relatives, or a group. The letter should be signed by every non-accompanying person or organization with the legal right to make major decisions for the child including anyone with custody rights, guardianship …

Calgary selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community

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Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as a part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages. This initiative will have 14 communities across Canada that will receive funding so they can create programs and support to help French speaking newcomers feel welcomed and integrated into the Francophone minority communities. This initiative will seek to enhance the vitality …