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 …

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 …

Invitations to Apply for 2020 PGP Program

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Seniors, Updates

The interest to sponsor form was available on the IRCC website from October 13 to November 3, 2020. Since then, to ensure a fair, transparent and equal opportunity for applicants, IRCC has removed duplicate submissions randomly selected potential sponsors to invite them to apply Selected potential sponsors will be receiving invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program …

Telus Mobility Plan for Seniors

Michelle Mak Accessibility, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Telus has a “Mobility for Good” phone plan that is meant for low-income seniors. Those who are eligible may be able to receive a cheaper plan as well as a free refurbished device. Eligibility:– Those who are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit (GIS)– Those who can provide their Old Age Security statement – T4A(OAS) indicating the amount paid to …

Pen Pal Program

Michelle Mak Accessibility, Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Seniors, Volunteers

Link-ages has a Pen Pal program that invites people of all ages to join. This program helps connect individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing is encouraged. This program allows people of all ages, ethnicities, identities and abilities to connect through handwritten mail. The Pen Pal Program is unique because Link-ages will be using organization hubs to receive and …