Spouses, children and parents of recent immigrants will be able to join their loved ones in Canada more quickly. A new system will allow family members seeking permanent residence in Canada to apply for a temporary visitor's visa, allowing them to join their sponsor while they wait for their application to be approved.
Starting April 18 and running for one year, Alberta’s government has established a temporary one-year driver’s licence exchange program all holders of a Ukrainian Category B (passenger vehicles) or BE (passenger vehicles with a trailer) driver’s licence.
The Government of Alberta has launched a new Ukraine Help Line. This Help Line will provide a single, streamlined point of contact to help Ukrainian evacuees navigate supports and services available to them. Help Line Details:
Phone number is 1-888-701-1101 (Alberta only). Staff will be available Monday-Friday 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM, and can provide service in English, Ukrainian or Russian.
To help low-income renters, the Government of Canada has launched a one-time top-up to the Canada Housing Benefit. This will be a one-time payment of $500 to those who are eligible. The criteria and instructions on how to apply can be found at the link below. Information is provided in multiple languages. The application deadline is March 31, 2023.
A great article written by Dr. Mishka Singh. Dr. Singh is a Lethbridge physician who spent time volunteering in a refugee camp. She is an active member of the Lethbridge LIP Newcomer Health Advisory Group, and practices medicine at Campbell Clinic South. "Refugee is a word on everyone's lips at the moment. Some people associate negative connotations with this word, while others see the plight of refugees as a call to action. Few people in the western world, however, see refugees as people that are like themselves, teachers, bus drivers, doctors living in houses coming home for dinner and then one day their life, their sense of normality is turned upside down by war and political unrest..."
Are you preparing to immigrate to Canada, or are already living here? Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a series of videos that will help you settle into your new life in Canada, including what you should do in your first two weeks in Canada, information about renting or buying a home, learning English or French, and working in Canada.
Recent labour market research conducted in Southern Alberta has indicated that some employers find it difficult to recruit workers with specific skill sets their business require; this suggests a skill shortage in some sectors. At the same time, immigrants to Canada, many of whom are highly skilled, educated and experienced in their chosen fields aren’t finding professional employment.With a grant from the province of Alberta, the Department of Labor and Immigration, along with a commitment from more than 20 community partners, we are excited to offer a series of 8 learning events. The series is designed to provide education, support and connections to local employers, service providers, and immigrant job seekers in order to fill gaps and strengthen our economy and community. This issue has increased in importance even more as we recover from COVID-19.