Alberta COVID-19 Restrictions to Be Gradually Lifted

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta public health measures will be lifted gradually in three steps as the fifth wave subsides and pressure on the health-care system eases! Changes for Step 1 go in effect Feb 9: The Restrictions Exemption Program ends Restrictions on sale of food and beverages and consumption while seated in audience settings are removed Restrictions on closing times, alcohol service, table …

IRCC Looking to Modernizing Canada’s Immigration System

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is working on modernizing Canada’s immigration system to support economic recovery improve client service. Highlights of progress include but are not limited to the following areas: Permanent Residence (PR) online PR applications, including PR card renewals easier access to status updates on some family class (FC) applications processing FC and Canadian Experience Class applications within …

Temporary Changes to Passport Application Process

Noel Updates

Canada’s borders and international travel has opened up again in recent months, and the demands for passport renewals and applications have been increasing quickly. To keep up with the demand, the federal government has implemented a new temporary passport application process, depending on the urgency of travel plans. If your travel plans begin after 25 business days, you will need …

Alberta Isolation and Quarantine Requirements

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Updates

Isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others. As of January 3, you are legally required to isolate as outlined below: Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, …

Alberta Kindergarten to Grade 12 Winter Break Extended to January 10, 2022

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

The extended break will give school authorities time to gather additional data to assess staffing implications and the potential operational impacts of the current COVID-19 situation. To assist with the safe return to classes, Alberta Health and Municipal Affairs’ PPE Task Force will also deliver the following to schools, starting the week of January 10: 8.6 million rapid tests 16.5 …

Alberta Announces New Business Restrictions Starting December 24, 2021

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

New limits on large venues and restaurants come into effect on December 24 at 12:01am. Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities (Effective Dec 24, 2021 at 12:01am) Indoor facilities that participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program: Must limit capacity to 50% if venue seats more than 1,000 people, and 500 people if venue seats between 500 and 1,000 people. No …

National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations. You can search the NOC to find where an occupation is classified or to learn about its main duties, educational requirements or other useful information. On September 21st 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada released the new National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 for data collection …

Albertans 50 to 59 and All Health-care Workers Can Now Book A Booster Dose

Lisa C. COVID-19, Health and wellness, Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta is expanding the availability of booster doses to protect Albertans and the health-care system against the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Starting December 15, 2021, the following can now book a third dose as long as it’s been at least 6 months since their second dose. Albertans 50 to 59 All health-care workers Keep in mind …

Canada’s New Initiative to Protect Vulnerable Women and Girls in Central America

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Many women and girls in the northern part of Central America have been displaced as a result of high levels of violence and growing social and economic instability. Canada is committed to helping them. The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced a new initiative to empower and protect women and girls in the region. With a …