National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022

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September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Canada. For more than a century, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. The term residential schools refers to a school system set up by the Canadian government and administered by churches that had the objective of educating …

National Day of Mourning to Commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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The Prime Minister has announced that Monday, September 19, 2022, will be a one-time National Day of Mourning for the federal public service, including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), to coincide with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral and the end of the official period of mourning in Canada. “On September 19, Canadians from across the country will pay their respects to …

Update to Canadian Immigration Application Backlogs

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Canada’s Immigration Minister, the Honourable Sean Fraser, has recently highlighted Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ongoing efforts to strengthen Canada’s immigration system and reduce application backlogs. As part of this plan, the Minister announced that IRCC will have hired up to 1,250 new employees by the end of the fall to increase their processing capacity and tackle the backlogs. This …

Over 17 Thousand Afghan Refugees Arrived in Canada Since August 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. 17,375 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, under all …

Heritage Day 2022

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Heritage Day long weekend is coming up! Heritage Day takes place on the first Monday of August each year in Alberta and recognizes and celebrates the varied cultural, architectural, and historical heritage of the people who have shaped this province. We encourage you to set out to find museums, historical sites, festivals, or natural heritage sites around Alberta on Heritage …

IRCC Gradually Resuming Express Entry Draws

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Good news! Starting July 6, 2022, IRCC has gradually resumed inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry (EE) – Useful Links Stay informed and updated: Sign up for Express Entry latest news Instructions that explain how the rounds …

Canada is Extending Current Border Measures for Travellers entering Canada

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On June 29, the Government of Canada extended current border measures for travellers entering Canada until at least September 30, 2022. You must continue to submit your mandatory travel information in ArriveCAN through the free app or web site. You can now save time at the airport by using ArriveCAN to answer customs and immigration questions before your flight lands in Canada. …

Celebrate Canada Day on July 1

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July 1 is Canada Day. Take advantage of events happening in Calgary. Reconnect with your loved ones and your community and celebrate what makes you proud on Canada Day! From 10 am to 11 pm, head downtown for all events, including learning more about Indigenous culture and a full day of music, entertainment and fireworks.  Fort Calgary – Canada Day …

June 21, 2022: National Indigenous People Day

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In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD). This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, …

IRCC Announced Enhancements to Canada’s Super Visa Program

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These new enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time. New changes will come into effect on July 4, 2022. the length of stay for super visa holders will be increased to 5 years per entry into Canada …