Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies Have Come to Calgary

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Have you applied to become a Canadian citizen, passed the citizenship knowledge test, and been waiting for the oath-taking ceremony? If the answer is yes, here’s some good news for you: Virtual Citizenship Ceremonies have finally started in Calgary! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been inviting eligible applicants to take the Oath of Citizenship online. In response to …

Calgary Reaches 1000th Km of Paved Pathway

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Calgary communities, parks and natural areas are connected by an extensive network of pathways available for all. What are pathways for? For walking, running, in-line skating or cycling; Motor vehicles are not allowed on pathways except for powered wheelchairs; The City of Calgary has recently completed the 1,000th kilometre of paved pathway — the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway …

Free Podcast on Mental Wellness at Work

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Mental health tech startup, headversity, now offers a bi-weekly podcast called Beyond the Checkbox. The podcast features stories of innovation and progressive leadership that pertain to mental wellness at work. Listen now to learn about mental wellness in the workplace with some of the world’s top business leaders, executives, and technologists: https://www.headversity.com/beyond-the-checkbox/?fbclid=IwAR0rNQM7fKF4i1dc9lskppq8J6PJ1-_tVkcR1JeilSM51rk6l2RD-L3uV7M You can also listen to the podcast on …

All Libraries Will Reopen on July 20

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Starting July 20, all Library locations will resume operations! Open as of June 23, 2020: Forest Lawn, Crowfoot, and Fish Creek libraries. Open as of June 30, 2020: Central, Giuffre Family, and Signal Hill libraries. Open as of July 7, 2020: Bowness, Country Hills, Memorial Park, Nicholls Family, Nose Hill, Louise Riley, Sage Hill, Southwood, and Judith Umbach libraries. Open as …

More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced on July 16, 2020 a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. This investment, through the Safe Restart Agreement, will help address the key priorities, agreed upon by Canada’s First Ministers, for …

IRCC’s New Policy on Biometrics Collection

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced a new public policy that will benefit temporary residence applicants in Canada. Due to COVID-19, Service Canada closes its centers on March 27. Recently, Service Canada is gradually reopening its offices, but biometrics collection service will NOT resume until a later date. The newly announced public policy exempts temporary residence applicants …

Extension for Temporary Residents Applying to Restore Their Status

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Different from permanent residents (PRs), visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada only hold temporary immigration status. Temporary residents normally have 90 days after their status expires to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to restore it. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected this process. For instance, some temporary residents in Canada may have difficulty providing complete …