Approved for Permanent Residence? You May Now Travel to Canada!

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Updates

As of June 21, any foreign national who holds a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) is able to travel to Canada. Under the previous rules, foreign nationals who held a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020, were exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions. Those who held a valid COPR issued after March 18, 2020, could only come …

One-Time Critical Worker Benefit

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

More Albertans in social services and the private sector who provided critical services to Albertans will receive a one-time Critical Worker Benefit. The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program with $465 million available to recognize the hard work of critical workers during the pandemic. To be eligible for the benefit, employees must have worked a minimum of 300 …

CRA Free Webinars on Benefits, Credits and Income Tax Basic Concepts

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Updates

The 2021 tax season has passed, but learning about income tax basics is a lifelong journey for newcomers and new Canadians. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Outreach team is offering the following free virtual sessions on Benefits & Credits and Income Tax Basic Concepts, open to all. Benefits & Credits July 28, 10:00 am August 10, 10:30 am Income Tax …

Second Doses Opened up for Everybody Eligible

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

Everyone born in 2009 or before (turning 12+) can get their first and second doses now. Check out the eligibility criteria below: First doses If you are an Albertan born in 2009 or earlier, please get your first shot as soon as possible. Many pharmacies have walk-in availability for first doses. Second doses Those who received a first dose of …

IRCC Announced Three New Initiatives to Welcome More Refugees

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced on June 18 the following actions to strengthen refugee protection and integration efforts: A new public policy will help remove unique barriers qualified refugees often face, so that they can apply through existing economic programs. Through the …

World Refugee Day 2021

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

World Refugee Day (each year on June 20) is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe.  Having been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution, refugees who settled in Canada make significant contributions to our nation’s economy. As tax payers, they create jobs, buy homes and put down roots …

Want to canoe, fish or paddleboard in Banff National Park? Get a valid Self-Certification Permit!

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

Parks Canada has recently introduced new restrictions on water activities in Banff National Park. The use of non-motorized watercraft, fishing equipment, and aquatic recreational equipment are restricted in all waterbodies within the Park at all times to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Aquatic Invasive Species are fish, plants, etc. species that have been introduced to a new waterbody. …

Received Your 1st Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in April? Book for Your 2nd Dose Now!

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

Albertans who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in April are now eligible to book their second appointment. Your will need the date of your first immunization and type of vaccine you received to book your 2nd dose appointment. Expect an automatic phone call and/text message, if you are eligible for the 2nd dose and consented to be contacted …

Calgary Rescinds State of Local Emergency

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

Effective June 14, 2021, The City announced it will rescind the State of Local Emergency (SOLE). While the City will continue the activation of the Municipal Emergency Plan to provide everybody with information, resources and supports needed about the COVID-19 pandemic, the powers afforded under the State of Local Emergency are no longer deemed necessary. Select City recreation facilities began …