Working Parents Benefit (Apply by March 31)

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Alberta government is providing the Working Parents Benefit, a one-time payment of $561 per child. The application for the Working Parents Benefit opens by region from March 1 to 5. Some Southern Alberta cities and towns will open for application starting March 1. Eligible families residing in Calgary, Edmonton and Airdrie can apply: Airdrie: March 3 Edmonton metro area: …

Detailed Eligibility Info for Critical Worker Benefit

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Critical Worker Benefit is a one-time $1,200 cash payment recognizing Albertans working to provide critical services during the pandemic in the following sectors: public health-care social services education private sector Detailed eligibility and application information for the Critical Worker Benefit is now available online. Workers listed in the following private sectors are eligible to receive the Critical Worker Benefit: …

Critical Worker Benefit

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Critical Worker Benefit is a one-time $1,200 cash payment recognizing Albertans working to provide critical services during the pandemic: This is a joint federal-provincial program of $465 million that will go to approximately 380,000 Alberta public and private sector workers. Public sector employees do not need to apply. Employers will automatically receive the payment and distribute it to their …

What Income Do You Have to Report When Completing Tax Return

Lisa C. Finance, Newcomer Information

For the part of the tax year that you were considered a resident of Canada You have to report your world income. World income is income from all sources both inside and outside Canada earned after becoming a resident of Canada for income tax purposes on your Canadian tax return. Are you a resident of Canada? You become a resident …

Money Smart Program

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Finance, Newcomer Information

Need some tips on how to save money? Or are you struggling on understanding the Canadian financial system? The Immigrant Education Society has programs and services that are available for you! Money Smart offers help in 4 different ways: 1. Financial CoachingFinancial Coaching offers one-on-one support for anything related to your finances. Meet with an expert who can answer your …

Federal Investments Announced to Launch Black Entrepreneurship Program

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners in Canada. We need to do more to support them and address anti-Black racism. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions (including RBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, National …

Financial Relief Navigator

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Prosper Canada has launched an online tool: Financial Relief Navigator (FRN). This tool helps vulnerable Canadians and those impacted financially by COVID-19 access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. While some other tools focus on only emergency benefits, the FRN acts as a one-stop portal where Canadians can access relief measures from …

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 …

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Lisa Cai Finance, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, co-ops, and non-profits that were ordered to close or reduce operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. The …