COVID-19 Border Restrictions to End on Oct. 1

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The federal government is lifting COVID-19 border measures, including mandatory vaccine requirements, masking on planes and trains, and the use of the ArriveCan app. That means as of Oct. 1 all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to submit public health information through ArriveCAN, provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing, quarantine or isolate, and monitor and report if …

Over 17 Thousand Afghan Refugees Arrived in Canada Since August 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement News

The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan refugees in Canada as quickly and safely as possible. We developed several special programs and measures that reflect the long and enduring relationship we have with Afghans, and to protect some of the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan. 17,375 Afghan refugees have arrived in Canada, under all …

Alberta Government Designated September 1 as Alberta Day

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Alberta became a province on September 1, 1905. In recognition of this anniversary and in celebration of our province’s unique spirit, culture and heritage, we have designated September 1 as Alberta Day. Alberta Day is a celebration of everything Alberta, from the past to the present. If you can’t get out to an event, celebrate your own way! Visit a provincial …

IRCC Gradually Resuming Express Entry Draws

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information

Good news! Starting July 6, 2022, IRCC has gradually resumed inviting qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class Immigrate to Canada through Express Entry (EE) – Useful Links Stay informed and updated: Sign up for Express Entry latest news Instructions that explain how the rounds …

Mandatory Mask Requirements Lifted in Alberta

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The Province of Alberta has entered Step 3, the final phase of its removal of public health measures on June 14, 2022. Mandatory mask requirements were lifted. As of 11:59 PM on June 14, 2022, face coverings are no longer required while using Calgary Transit. Masking in Alberta Health Services and contracted health facilities has shifted to organizational policy. You may …

June 21, 2022: National Indigenous People Day

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In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD). This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, …

IRCC Announced Enhancements to Canada’s Super Visa Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Seniors

These new enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time. New changes will come into effect on July 4, 2022. the length of stay for super visa holders will be increased to 5 years per entry into Canada …

Draft K-6 Subjects to be Piloted Fall 2022

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Alberta’s government is continuing to take a balanced, phased approach to kindergarten to Grade 6 (K-6) curriculum renewal based on advice from the Curriculum Implementation Advisory Group. In September, classroom piloting for updated draft K-6 curriculum will begin with Science, French First Language and Literature, and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature Alberta’s government is providing maximum flexibility in how …

IRCC’s Ukrainian Emergency Efforts

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The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Here are some of the efforts that IRCC has recently announced to help Ukrainians in crisis. New Canada Information Centre in Warsaw, Poland offers in-person services to people who need to give their biometrics as part of their Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel offers …

Starting April 30: Fees for All Permanent Residence Applications will Increase

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 30, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is increasing fees for all permanent residence applications. This will impact: economic class permit holders family class, and humanitarian class In 2020, IRCC increased permanent residence fees to account for inflation for the first time since 2002. At that time, it was announced that fees would increase every 2 years to adjust for …