Last week, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Youth Inclusive Program youth were invited by Trico Homes to learn about their summer student opportunities for 2019. The Vice President Human Resources of Trico Homes gave a presentation about what they look for in their hiring process, summer student positions, and work culture.
This past Friday, our Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) participated in their annual day trip to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. A total of 46 seniors enjoyed a guided tour of Banff Museum National Historic Site, a picnic lunch and spent the sunny afternoon walking and sightseeing.
Parks Canada is offering Learn-to Camp program across the country. The program is offered to families, participants will learn the camping basics and participate in different activities offered at the site.
Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence. You can find out if you need to give biometrics by using the online tool provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The Government of Canada has announced that the Old Age Security Benefit (OAS) has been increased as of July 1st 2018. According to its news release “a single senior receiving OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) with no other income may receive $1,728.84 more than in November 2015”. The OAS program is the Government of Canada’s largest pension program. It is a monthly payment available to seniors aged 65 and older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements.
This morning Immigrant Services Calgary partnered with KPMG, to share with around 50 immigrant professionals about effective interview techniques. Over 15 KPMG staff came out to support our newcomers, and the event successfully concluded with a meaningful time of networking and relationship building.
This year’s Canada Day celebrates Canada’s 151st birthday. Calgary has a number of events planned across downtown. You can also join Canada’s newest Canadian at a special citizenship ceremony at the YYC Calgary International Airport Arrival terminal at 10am on July 1. Happy Canada Day!
June 27 is the Canadian Multiculturalism Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the contributions of different multicultural groups and communities. On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 of each year as Canadian Multiculturalism Day. You can find a list of celebrations for Canadian Multiculturalism Day from the Government of Canada’s website.
Starting July 2018, there will be an increase in the Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The maximum annual benefit will increase to $6,496 per child under age six and to $5,481 per child age six through 17. The CCB is a tax-free benefit paid monthly to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18. You can use the child and family benefits calculator from Canada Revenue Agency to see what benefits you may be able to get and how much you may get.
Calgary Stampede 2018 is just around the corner. It is with great pleasure that Immigrant Services Calgary hosted the Stampede 101 event with Accenture Calgary team last Friday. It was a fun way to network professionally, enjoy the lunch and line dancing as well as integrate newcomers into the Calgarian culture.