Changes to Alberta’s COVID-19 Measures

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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 …

AHS launches new virtual wellness courses

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Alberta Health Services has launched a new online wellness series free for Albertans in summer and fall. Courses are ranging in topics from managing reactions, healthy thinking and increasing confidence through effective problem solving. Albertans who are interested in learning skills to cope with change, deal with stress, and pursue goals are welcomed to register for any or all courses. …

Canada to Ease Border Measures for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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On July 19, the Government of Canada announced a plan to gradually re-open our borders.  Starting August 9, 2021: Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.  International flights carrying passengers will …

Reminder: All Travellers Entering Canada Must Use ArriveCAN

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All travellers entering Canada (with limited exceptions) are still required to provide the following information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada through the ArriveCAN app: Contact and travel information 14-day travel history Quarantine plan Pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result COVID-19 symptom self-assessment Proof of vaccination (only for fully vaccinated travellers) ArriveCAN is available to download as a mobile app or …

You are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19. Now what?

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Canada’s vaccine strategy has prevented many COVID-19 cases and helped to save many lives, by protecting us as individuals and as a community. This summer in Canada, cases are low and vaccine coverage is high for one dose and increasing for the second. Alberta entered Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan on July, Canada Day, and the City …

International Students Qualify for Quarantine Exempted under Certain Conditions

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

As of July 5 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, international students who meet both of the following two conditions may be exempt from quarantine requirements: meet the requirements for fully vaccinated travellers to Canada have a valid study permit to attend an approved designated learning institution (DLI) Useful links: Who is considered fully vaccinated for travel to Canada? Visit: …

Starting July 5, 2021 11:59 pm EDT: Exemptions for Fully Vaccinated Travellers (Specific Conditions Apply)

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

Starting July 5, 2021 11:59 pm EDT, you may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements if you: are eligible to enter Canada are asymptomatic meet the Government of Canada requirements of fully vaccinated travellers meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arrival Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from: quarantine hotel stopover …

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 …

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 …