What You Need to Know about Maple Syrup

Lisa C. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Today, let’s learn a few things about maple syrup — one of the most well-known Canadian icons! Where does maple syrup come from? Maple syrup is harvested and processed from maple trees; Holes are drilled into the trunks of maple trees so that the sap can be collected in a container; The sap is then heated and filtered multiple times; …

Government of Canada: Support for a Safe Return to School

Michelle Mak Community, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on August 26, 2020 that there will be up to $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund. This will provide funding to local school boards to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year. For example, the Fund will help provinces and …

IRCC Announced More Flexibility for The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently announced that they are making changes to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students who start their Canadian study program online from abroad. These 3 new measures are being introduced: Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021. No time will …

New Policy Allows Visitors to Apply for Work Permit without Having to Leave Canada

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Settlement & Community News

The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has recently announced a new temporary policy: Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country. This temporary policy will benefit employers who …

Some Visa Application Centres (VACs) are Reopening

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Visa application centres (VACs) are private companies that have formal contracts with the Government of Canada. They: are located around the world and speak local languages accept applications for study permits, work permits, visitor visas and travel documents for permanent residents. securely send your applications and passport to the visa office are official locations to give your biometrics (fingerprints and …

CERB Extended by Another Four Weeks & Changes to EI

Lisa C. Finance, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced some new changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Employment Insurance (EI) program. These changes are aiming to allow more people to receive financial assistance during COVID-19. The CERB will be extended by an additional 4 weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks. Canadians expecting to exhaust their CERB benefits …

CBSA Hiring Summer 2021 FSWEP Student Border Services Officer Positions

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Summer 2021 FSWEP for student border services officers (SBSOs) is open for application! Student border services officers (SBSOs) will work with border services officers (BSOs) to determine the admissibility of people and goods to Canada; SBSOs do not carry a duty firearm and they work at international airports and mail processing centres in 19 cities across Canada, Calgary and Edmonton …

Job Opportunities for the 2021 Census

Lisa C. Employment, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Statistics Canada is currently hiring field operations supervisors for the 2021 Census in cities across Canada, Calgary included. When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment. Who can apply? Persons residing …

Job Opportunities at the Canada Employment Insurance Commission

Lisa C. Employment, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The Government of Canada is seeking diverse and talented applicants for the positions of Commissioners of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC). The Commissioner for Workers and Commissioner of Employers will be responsible for overseeing Canada’s Employment Insurance program. If you are interested, please apply by August 19, 2020: Commissioner for Workers Commissioner for Employers

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 …