IRCC to Send More Invitations for Parents and Grandparents Program 2021

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates Leave a Comment

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

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

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

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Seniors

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

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

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 …

Transportation Support for Vaccine Appointments

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

Seniors 75+ can now book covid-19 vaccines. The government of Alberta has recently identified 211 as a resource to support transportation to vaccine appointments for isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges. For isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges, if you do not have the means to get to a vaccination centre, you can contact 211 for help in …

Seniors 75+ Can Now Book COVID-19 Vaccines

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Seniors, Updates

Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. Albertan seniors born in 1946 or earlier are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to wait for your 75th birthday, however a valid ID is required to prove your age. To make appointments for your first and second doses: Book online Call 811, or Contact a participating pharmacy …

Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams Targeting Seniors

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According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, 9,797 Canadians became victims of COVID-19 fraud and $7 million was lost to COVID-19 fraud between March 6, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Recently Alberta Health Services (AHS) is receiving reports of a phone scam targeting seniors. Albertans over 75 are told they can book their COVID-19 immunization for a fee. Please note that …

Ways to Support Socially Isolated Seniors during the Pandemic

Lisa C. Community, COVID-19, Seniors

Older adults are among the most vulnerable citizens during this global pandemic. For those who were already isolated prior to the pandemic, their physical and mental health face even more challenges these days. Red flags that seniors are struggling: Increased withdrawal Changing eating/sleep patterns Uncontrollable anxiety Signs of confusion and disorientation What can we do to support seniors? Pay attention …

All Invitations for 2020 PGP Sent

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now finished sending all the invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). Didn’t receive any email? Check your invitation status by answering two simple questions using this online tool: What does your confirmation number start with What’s the second character? Congratulations if you have received the invitation in your …