New COVID-19 Vaccine Deal with AstraZeneca

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. This agreement adds to those already reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna, which were made following the recommendations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. With these agreements in place, the …

New Seniors Housing in Canmore

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Government of Alberta announced that there will be new housing for seniors in Canmore. There will be a redevelopment of the Bow River Seniors Lodge that will add 60 new housing units. The designated supportive living units at Bow River will offer 24-hour on-site nursing care and specialized dementia care. The project will create about 124 jobs. The budget for …

IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

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On September 24, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada. IRCC has increased the number of decision makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce wait times. They …

Speech from the Throne

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On September 23, 2020, the Governor General of Canada delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament and outline the government’s agenda. Before we dive into the details of the speech, let’s first take a look at the Canadian System of Government and how the Parliament of Canada works! The Canadian System of …

Some Permanent Residence Applicants Now Temporarily Exempt from Biometrics Requirement

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new temporary public policy: You are exempt under this new policy, if you have both of the following: a new or pending application for permanent residence made from within or outside Canada already submitted their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/biometrics-exemption-permanent-residents.html

Is My Account Affected in the Recent CRA Hacking Incident?

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In the recent CRA hacking incidents, hackers used passwords and usernames from previous hacks in other organizations to access CRA accounts. As the CRA works to prevent future cyber incidents, we as taxpayers need to be aware if our accounts are affected. How do I know if my CRA account is affected? You will receive a letter (registered mail) from …

Why CRA May Call You & How to Spot Scammers

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As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gradually reopens some programs and services, CRA employees may be calling you to discuss your tax and benefit situations. However, you should be aware of scammers pretending to be CRA employees. Reasons the CRA may call: The CRA may call if they previously wrote to you, or in any of these situations: If you …

Gender Equality Week Sep 20 to 26

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Canada’s Gender Equality Week is being held from September 20 to 26, 2020. Advancing gender equality benefits everyone, women, men and gender diverse communities, and leads to greater health, happiness, and economic prosperity. For the recent 2 to 3 decades, Canada has made important progress to remove barriers to equality: added gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of …

CRA Resuming Business Activities

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As of September 2020, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is resuming some programs and services that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some returning programs that affect individuals as of September 21 include appeals, collections, compliances activities, outreach activities and benefits validation. How is this going to affect you, as an individual? In-person services are available such as free tax …

IRCC Resumes Some In-Person Services by Appointment

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Over the past few months, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in their services. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, IRCC will begin to offer some in-person services at selected offices in Canada by appointment only. IRCC will contact you to book an …