Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

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From September 23 to October 5, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent out invitations to selected potential sponsors who submitted their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents in the fall of 2020. Find out if you are invited here. If you were not invited to apply for PGP, your parents or grandparents may want to apply for a …

October 1, 2021: the International Day of Older Persons

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On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons. Recent reports by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) indicate that women and older persons experience digital inequity to …

Invitations to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents are Now Being Sent Out

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Have you submitted interest to sponsor forms in the fall of 2020? You are now encouraged to check the email account you provided on the form, as invitations to apply are being sent out via email. This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be accepting a record number of up to 30,000 applications under the Parents and Grandparents …

Third COVID-19 Doses Available for Some Albertans

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Third COVID-19 vaccine doses are now available for Seniors in congregate care facilities Albertans with eligible immunocompromising conditions. Seniors living in congregate care will be eligible to receive their third dose approximately 5 months after their second dose. Residents will receive their third doses at their facilities and don’t need to book appointments. Albertans with eligible immunocompromising conditions can receive …

Affordable High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Seniors and Families in 2022

Lisa C. Seniors, Updates

The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian internet companies to provide affordable high-speed internet for low-income seniors and families starting in 2022. This is done through the  Connecting Families initiative. The previous Internet plan offering under Connecting Families 1.0 will also remain available when the new phrase 2.0 rolls out. About the New Phase 2.0: The Connecting Families  2.0 is introducing …

IRCC to Send More Invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

In October 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada to submit an interest to sponsor form online.  On July 20, 2021, IRCC announced that they will use the same random selection process and send our more invitations to those who have already submitted an …

About Canada Geese and How to Avoid Conflicts with Them

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Fun facts about Canada Geese Throughout Canada, there are 11 subspecies of the Canada Goose. Canada Geese can live up to 20 years. The oldest known wild goose was a 33-year-old female. They feed on grasses but also eat garbage or compost. And in case you haven’t noticed, geese are quite comfortable in an urban environment, such in towns and …

Beware of the Grandparent Scam

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What is a Grandparent Scam? A Grandparent Scam is also called a “Grandchild” in Need Scam. This is a type of scam that targets older adults who have grandchildren. Scammers that run Grandparent scams exploit seniors’ love for their grandchildren. How does a Grandparent Scam work? Scammers’ goal is to separate seniors from their money. The victim usually gets a …

IRCC to Accelerate Caregiver Application Processing

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Good news! On April 15, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced a plan to prioritize 1,500 caregiver applications by June 30, 2021, and 6,000 by the end of 2021. As part of this plan, IRCC will help reunite more caregivers with their loved ones by finalizing permanent resident applications for …