World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Nicole H. Community, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development! Cultural diversity refers to the different birthplaces, ethnicities, languages, values, beliefs, and world views particular groups of people identify with. We can deepen our understanding of cultural diversity and its value in our lives by simply having a dialogue with those who are different from us. It all …

Volunteer for Calgary’s Canada Day Festivities 2022

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering with the City of Calgary’s Canada Day celebration on July 1, 2022? The City of Calgary’s Arts and Culture Volunteer Portal is now accepting volunteer applications! You can volunteer at one of the following three locations: Fort Calgary Olympic Plaza St. Patrick’s Island You can apply for these volunteer positions: Hospitality host Information booth attendant …

IRCC’s Ukrainian Emergency Efforts

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration

The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Here are some of the efforts that IRCC has recently announced to help Ukrainians in crisis. New Canada Information Centre in Warsaw, Poland offers in-person services to people who need to give their biometrics as part of their Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel offers …

Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …

New Temporary Residence Pathway to Welcome Those Fleeing the War in Ukraine

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is launching the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This is a special temporary residence pathway to welcome Ukrainians and their families to Canada. With CUAET, Ukrainians and their family members can stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years. They will also be eligible for a free open work permit or …

Removal of Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements

Noel Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News

Beginning April 1, 2022, the Canadian government will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers entering the country to show a negative Covid-19 test result. This new policy will apply at both airport and land border crossings. Random testing of travelers arriving in Canada will continue, in order to track potential new COVID-19 variants. Word of the Day: Random – Done …

Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response. The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards …

Canada Learning Bond

Lisa C. Finance, Newcomer Information

What is Canada Learning Bond (CLB)? The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money that the Canadian Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from low-income families.  The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) helps to pay the costs of a child’s full- or part-time studies after high school. How much a child could get? The Government of Canada …

February is Black History Month

Nicole H. Community, Fun Facts

During Black History Month, we honour the legacy of our fellow people of African, African American and Caribbean heritage and celebrate their achievements and contributions. Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities. The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day”. Everyone is invited to …

IRCC Looking to Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery improve client service. Highlights of progress include but are not limited to the following areas: Permanent Residence (PR) online PR applications, including PR card renewals easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within …