Extension for Temporary Residents Applying to Restore Their Status

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

Different from permanent residents (PRs), visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada only hold temporary immigration status. Temporary residents normally have 90 days after their status expires to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to restore it. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected this process. For instance, some temporary residents in Canada may have difficulty providing complete …

Online Learning for International Students

Michelle Mak Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Updates

As the fall season is fast approaching, the Government of Canada has announced additional measures to support international students who are beginning a new program online this fall with a Canadian learning institution, if their institution is offering the program online, so that they can pursue their education while ensuring everyone’s safety. These changes will give students more certainty about …

Change in the Interpretation of “Parent”

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Community, Settlement & Community News, Updates

There has been a recent change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. Before the change, genetic links were greatly emphasized — a child born abroad was automatically recognized as a Canadian citizen at birth only if one of these two conditions was met: If the child shared a genetic link to the Canadian parent. If the child …

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Lisa Cai Finance, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, co-ops, and non-profits that were ordered to close or reduce operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. The …

City of Calgary Reopens 4 Indoor Pools

Lisa Cai Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The City of Calgary will reopen four indoor pools for public use on July 10. These facilities have been closed for months due to COVID-19: Bob Bahan (SE) Canyon Meadows (SW) Glenmore (SW) Killarney (SW) In compliance with Alberta’s Stage 2 Relaunch Guidelines, hot tubs, whirlpools and steam rooms at these locations will remain closed. More information: https://www.calgary.ca/csps/recreation/pools/pools-fitness-and-leisure-centres.html Word of …

CBSA Now Collects Entry & Exit Info of Air Travellers

Lisa Cai Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) collects basic biographic information on travellers entering and exiting Canada by land and air. The agency now records your complete travel history information to further enhance border management and security. The CBSA shares entry and exit information with its federal partners, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This means IRCC will be able …

Salma Lakhani – New Lieutenant Governor for Alberta

Lisa Cai Updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Ms. Salma Lakhani as the new Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Ms. Salma Lakhani has done a lot of work to promote education, health care, women’s empowerment, human rights, and support for new immigrants. She has devoted her life to helping people in need in our society. She is also a founding …