Enhancing Support for Women Experiencing Homelessness in Calgary

Lejia Feng Community, Settlement & Community News

The government of Alberta is making substantial investments to address the needs of homeless women in Calgary, with a commitment to creating year-round shelter spaces. This initiative introduces 40 new spaces, instantly accessible to those in need, thanks to a financial injection of $762,702, which includes $98,500 in one-time startup expenses. Calgary has a long-standing reliance on the support of …

Government of Canada Announces Expansion and Opening of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

Lejia Feng Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Newcomer Information

On January 9, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now accepting applications from international youth interested in coming to Canada to gain work and travel experiences. International youth bring valuable and diverse skills to Canada’s economy through the IEC program, while Canadian youth also benefit from gaining international experience through working and traveling …

Alberta’s government is taking action to support food security

Nicole H. Community, Updates

To support the work Alberta food banks and other civil service agencies do to help Alberta families, the Alberta government is providing $10 million over two years, with the first $5 million to be distributed in the coming weeks and the second $5 million allocated for use in the 2023-24 fiscal year. In addition to the aforementioned, Alberta’s government is …

New Alberta Government Funding for Low-Income Learners

Nicole H. Community, Finance, Updates

Earlier this year, Alberta’s government invested $15 million to create the New Beginnings Bursary to support 1,000 low-income Albertans attending high-demand, qualified post-secondary programs, providing them with a $5,000 non-repayable support each year. The program quickly capped out for the 2022-23 academic year, which left about 700 eligible applicants without a bursary. To support these applicants with their education goals, …

Alberta Government Designated September 1 as Alberta Day

Lisa C. Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta became a province on September 1, 1905. In recognition of this anniversary and in celebration of our province’s unique spirit, culture and heritage, we have designated September 1 as Alberta Day. Alberta Day is a celebration of everything Alberta, from the past to the present. If you can’t get out to an event, celebrate your own way! Visit a provincial …

Celebrate Pride Month in Alberta!

Lisa C. Community, Settlement News, Updates

June is Pride Month, a celebration of 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities and the progress we have made towards more equal rights for all people, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Pride Month events in June across the province of Alberta from June 24 to June 30: Innisfail Pride Burlesque Pride Show – YYC Back Alley Pub 2022 Pride YMM Festival Panel: The …

Mandatory Mask Requirements Lifted in Alberta

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Province of Alberta has entered Step 3, the final phase of its removal of public health measures on June 14, 2022. Mandatory mask requirements were lifted. As of 11:59 PM on June 14, 2022, face coverings are no longer required while using Calgary Transit. Masking in Alberta Health Services and contracted health facilities has shifted to organizational policy. You may …

Draft K-6 Subjects to be Piloted Fall 2022

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Volunteers

Alberta’s government is continuing to take a balanced, phased approach to kindergarten to Grade 6 (K-6) curriculum renewal based on advice from the Curriculum Implementation Advisory Group. In September, classroom piloting for updated draft K-6 curriculum will begin with Science, French First Language and Literature, and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature Alberta’s government is providing maximum flexibility in how …

Mask Mandate in Alberta Still in Effect for High-Risk Settings

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

As part of the 3-step easing measures, the provincial mask mandate has been lifted since March 1, 2022. Masks are still required in high-risk settings, including: on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13+ at all AHS operated and contracted facilities at all continuing care settings Vaccinated individuals must mask for up to five days following mandatory isolation due …

Government Support for Rising Fuel and Utility Prices

Noel Community, Daily Life

To help reduce rising fuel prices in Alberta, the Alberta Government announced a temporary removal of a 13 cents/litre fuel tax at the pumps. This program will begin April 1, 2022 and continue through 2022-2023, whenever oil prices go above USD$90 per barrel. The Alberta Government is also providing a $150 electricity rebate to help Albertans with recent high costs …