IRCC Reminder: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently posted a reminder for resettling Afghans who assisted Canada: “Avoid becoming a victim of fraud. There is no fee to be considered for the special immigration program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. Only Global Affairs Canada or the Canadian Armed Forces can identify people. Only …

Changes to Alberta’s COVID-19 Measures

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

The Alberta Government will make some changes to bring COVID measures in line with other respiratory viruses while keeping strong measures in place to protect Albertans. Starting Jul. 29, quarantine will not be universally required for close contacts may still be required in some high risk settings or outbreak management. On Aug 16, masking for transit/taxis/rideshares will be lifted. may …

Critical Worker Benefit Deadline Extended

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

Earlier in June, the Alberta government announced that Albertans in social services and the private sector who provided critical services to Albertans would receive a one-time Critical Worker Benefit. Good news! The deadline for this benefit has been extended to August 31. Eligible private sector employers now have more time to apply on behalf of workers as they focus on …

Government of Canada offers refuge to Afghans who assisted Canada

Ellie K Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

On July 23, 2021, IRCC announced a special program to resettle the Afghans who were integral to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. In recognition of their service to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing special immigration measures that will offer a path to protection in Canada for those at risk due to their work. The work at Global …

IRCC to Send More Invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

In October 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada to submit an interest to sponsor form online.  On July 20, 2021, IRCC announced that they will use the same random selection process and send our more invitations to those who have already submitted an …

Fire Ban Advisory in Place for Calgary

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

A fire ban  is issued to restrict or temporarily ban types of fire use because of a high fire danger and poor air quality;  includes a list of prohibited fire uses.  A Fire ban advisory has recently been issued for the City of Calgary. Under the fire ban, the following are prohibited:  Open fires  Fire pits  Outdoor chimeneas  Recreational solid …

IRCC Launches Dedicated Refugee Stream for Human Rights Defenders

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a dedicated refugee stream for human rights defenders Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced the launch of a dedicated refugee stream to provide a safe haven for human rights defenders at risk who are fleeing persecution in their home country. The Government …

Student Direct Stream Now Available in 7 More Countries

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

Through the Student Direct Stream (SDS), eligible international students may be able to get your study permit faster. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has recently announced that Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available in 7 more Caribbean and Central and South American countries.Starting July 9, 2021, applicants will be able to apply for a study permit using the Student …