Canada’s Response to Beirut Explosions & How You Can Help

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

On August 4, 2020, two strong explosions at the port of Beirut destroyed many parts of the city and resulted in over 200 fatalities and 6,000 injuries. Immediately after the explosions, Canada provided up to $5 million in humanitarian assistance. Canada later announced an additional $25 million, for a total of $30 million. On August 8, 2020, Canada launched the …

Temporary Pathway to PR for Asylum Seekers Working in Health Care During COVID

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a temporary measure which will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this measure, asylum claimants across the country who are working on the front lines providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions …

Travel Restrictions for CoPR Holders Moving to Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement News, Updates

Do you currently hold a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and are planning to move to Canada? Here’s what you should do when the COVID-19 travel restrictions are still in place. It depends on your situation: If your CoPR was approved after March 18, 2020 and you are travelling from the United States to settle and live in Canada, you …

Minimum Unemployment Rate Set for EI Program

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Canadian government is preparing to transition as many Canadians as possible from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) back to the Employment Insurance (EI) system by September. Effective August 9, 2020, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% will be applied temporarily for all EI economic regions across Canada. Why is this important? Because the unemployment rate is one of the 2 factors that …

ABTraceTogether to Switch to National Tracing App

Lisa C. Updates

If you have been following the updates on our website and the news about COVID-19, you should be familiar with the two mobile contact tracing apps available to residents of Alberta. One is called ABTraceTogether — Alberta’s own tracing app that came out earlier in May: Then in August, the Canadian government released a new national tracing app called COVID …

Recalling Hand Sanitizers

Lisa Cai Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Certain hand sanitizers are made with ethanol or denaturants, which are not acceptable ingredients for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. Health Canada is advising Canadians that these affected sanitizers are being recalled from the market. What you should do? Stop using the affected hand sanitizers. Consult your healthcare professional if you have used any of these products and have …

CERB will Transition to EI

Lisa Cai Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently mentioned that the Canadian government plans to transition everyone on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to Employment Insurance (EI) in September. Initially developed to handle the large wave of layoffs early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, CERB has served its purpose well by providing financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are …

How to protect yourself from insect bites

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Mosquitos are out and about in Calgary! There are many ways you can prevent yourself from getting bitten during this season. Here are some tips from the Government of Canada to help prevent insect bites: Cover up Wear light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials (eg: nylon or polyester) Wear long pants and tucked-in long-sleeved shirts with closed-toe shoes …

COVID Alert App Released

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, today announced that “COVID Alert”, a new national mobile app, is now available to Canadians for free download. The app, first developed in Ontario, helps notify users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The use of COVID Alert is voluntary, and …

Passport services in Canada resuming

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement News

The Government of Canada announced that they will resume some passport services in Canada. Starting on July 31, 2020, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If you have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, you can request for an in-person appointment. If you do not have …