* Find out about all the FREE workshops and events being offered in the month * Register for any of the workshops or events that you would like to attend
* Read important updates that will help you succeed in Canada
FACT OF THE MONTH
80 Permanent Residents Receive a "Passport to Settlement in Canada"
Meet with Settlement Services and receive your own Passport to Settlement in Canada. The passport will guide you through important steps to reach your settlement goals and achieve success in Canada. You will complete important tasks, network and learn more about your community. Win prizes along the way and celebrate the completion of your passport at a special community event.
Do you already have a Passport to Settlement in Canada?
Start collecting stamps from Settlement Services! This Newsletter is full of opportunities that you can complete to earn a passport stamp. A few examples are:
Attend a Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session TIP: Details and registration for October sessions are listed below
Participate in an English language learning opportunity TIP: Read the Connect to Language Guide online (website link is provided below)
Read the Connect to Health Guide and complete the "My Health Information" page TIP: The Connect to Health website link is provided below
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
All workshops and events are FREE
Registration is required for workshops/events. Use the "Register" buttons or call
Transportation and childcare are available at no-cost, upon request
Posters are attached for more information at the bottom of the Newsletter
Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session
This free session is important for all Permanent Residents of Canada. It does not matter how long you have been living in Canada. Foreign Workers who have already submitted a PR application should also attend. Learn valuable information on:
Rights and responsibilities you have in Canada as a PR
Canadian Citizenship Information Session
Are you interested in becoming a Canadian Citizen? Did you know that the Citizenship Act of Canada is currently going through some changes? Join us for one of these free sessions to learn valuable information on: becoming a Canadian Citizen, recent and upcoming changes to the Citizenship Act, eligibility requirements, completing the application forms, and more. *Transportation to Canmore is available at no-cost, upon request. Please ask when you register.
Free Winter Jackets and Snow Pants for Children in Need
The weather is getting colder in the Rocky Mountains and snow has already started to fall! Make sure your children are prepared for winter by applying for the Jacket Frost Program. Offered by Crossway Community Thrift, the Jacket Frost Program provides children in need with a FREE winter jacket and snow pants.
How to apply? Residents of Banff and Lake Louise:
Bring your Banff Access Card or 3 current pay stubs for each working parent in your family to the Community Services office at Banff Town Hall (110 Bear Street).
Residents of Canmore and Kananaskis:
Bring your Canmore Affordable Services Card to the Crossway Community Thrift store (103 - 3 Industrial Place, Canmore).
*If you do not have a Canmore Affordable Services Card, you can apply at the Community Social Development office at the Canmore Civic Centre (902 7th Avenue). To learn more about this program, please visit the website: www.canmore.ca/affordable
**If you do not qualify for the Canmore Affordable Services Card, but are still in need to a winter jacket for your child, please contact Settlement Services.
*The DEADLINE to apply is Friday, October 20. Late applications will NOT be accepted*
Learn More About Health Care in Canada
Understanding and using health care services in Canada is very important. Everyone living in Canada has access to medically necessary services. Health care isn’t just for when you are sick. Health care services and resources are there to help you STAY HEALTHY!
The "Connect to Health" guide will help you understand and use health care services and resources in the Bow Valley (Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis).
Many of these services and resources are provided for FREE!
Opportunities to Improve your English Language Skills Excellent English communication skills is the number one key to your success in Canada!
Take advantage of the free and low-cost language programs available to you. Read the new "Connect to Language" guide for full details of all the English language programs available in Banff and Canmore from October 2017 to August 2018.
Everyday Ways to Save Money
As the summer comes to an end, many workplaces start to slow down. With less work hours, it might be a good time to apply for the Banff Access Card or the Canmore Affordable Services Program.
The Banff Access and Canmore Affordable Services Programs will give you discounts on: programs and services offered by the Town of Banff or Town of Canmore, Roam Transit and many other local businesses/organizations.
Eligibility for these programs is based on income. Visit the websites for more information.
Banff Access Program:www.banff.ca/access *Apply at the Community Services office at Banff Town Hall (110 Bear Street)
Canmore Affordable Services Program:www.canmore.ca/affordable *Apply at the Community Social Development office at the Canmore Civic Centre (902 7th Avenue)
Click here to read the Bow Valley Affordability Guide for even more tips on how to save money:Affordability Guide
Changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act Did you know there have been recent changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act, and that more changes will be coming soon?
Please read through all of the details provided on the Government of Canada’s website by clicking here: Bill C-6 Receives Royal Assent. This website outlines the changes to the Citizenship Act that are effective immediately and those that will take effect in the future.
If you are applying for Canadian Citizenship, ensure that you are using the most current forms available on IRCC’s (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) website by clicking here:New Citizenship Forms
Learn more by attending our next free Canadian Citizenship Information Session in October (please see details above).
We will post any official updates that we know of to our Settlement Services Facebook page.
Community Table Celebrates Food and Culture
Community Table offers free lunch to everyone in the community. Held every Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at 101 Bear Street, Banff (above the Banff Public Library). We welcome and invite any community group to share their cultural food at Community Table. For more information, contact Heather Bates: email@example.com or 403-497-4471
Community Connector Program Volunteers
If you have been living in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise or Kananaskis for a year or more and you feel comfortable and connected in your community, you can volunteer on your own or with your family to help newcomers get settled in the community. Meet with them 2-3 times a month for 4 months and introduce them to programs and services in the Bow Valley. We provide training and support for all volunteers.
If you are new in the Bow Valley, we can connect you with a volunteer or volunteer family. Meet with them 2-3 times a month for 4 months to help you get settled in the community.