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 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 …

Plan safety procedures this long weekend

Settlement ISC Community, Updates

Albertans are reminded to drive safe and sober during the Canada Day long weekend (June 29 – July 1). The Government of Alberta is joining traffic safety advocates and emergency response organizations to recognize Impaired Driving Awareness Month during July. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts many people at risk. It can also be a reason to lose Permanent Resident Status in Canada. Plan ahead this long weekend and make smart choices. If you consume drugs or alcohol, do not drive and make alternative travel plans.

Celebrate Citizenship this Canada Day

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

Canada Day this year is on July 1, 2019, every year there
are citizenship ceremonies that take place across Canada to welcome our newest
Canadians. There will be 42 citizenship ceremonies this year on July 1.

Canada Day is a time to celebrate and be proud of this
country. Canadians are encouraged to attend these citizenship ceremonies in
their town or city, it is an opportunity for everyone who attends to repeat the
Oath of Citizenship and express their commitment to Canada!

2019 World Refugee Day celebration

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

On June 19, Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with the City of Calgary and the Calgary Immigrant Support Society hosted a World Refugee Day celebration at the Calgary Marlborough Community Association.  The event was very successful and included multicultural booths, dance performances, poetry, a traditional coffee ceremony and food from around the world. We had over 300 people in attendance! The evening …

Ministers Hussen, Freeland and Monsef mark World Refugee Day – IRCC

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Updates

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website. Ottawa, June 20, 2019 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement: “Canada’s support for refugees is a longstanding, unwavering commitment …