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By reading our monthly Newsletter you can:

- 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


Congratulations New Permanent Residents!
In the last four months, 30 individuals received their Permanent Resident Status and connected with Settlement Services.  Of these 30 individuals, there were 5 families reunited in Canada with an average of 5.57 years spent apart.  
Settlement Services can support individuals and families who have become Permanent Residents in many ways.  The first crucial step is for all Permanent Residents, and all Foreign Workers who are in the final stage of becoming Permanent Residents, to attend a “Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session” .  Anyone who is planning to bring their family to Canada, must attend one of these sessions before their family arrives. 

In the last four months, 41 Permanent Residents and transitioning Foreign Workers attended a “Living in Canada as a Permanent Resident Information Session”. Please help us by continuing to share this information with your friends, colleagues and community members.  

  • 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
Are you a Permanent Resident (PR) or almost a PR? Join us for a free information session about your rights and responsibilities as a Permanent Resident of Canada.  Learn about the no cost programs and services available to you, including language classes, career opportunities, government supports, community resources and much more! Please join us for one of the following sessions:

Banff Sessions (Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street)
  • Tuesday, February 7 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Registration is required, please click "Register" or call 403-762-1144

Canadian Citizenship Information Session
This free session is for Permanent Residents who are interested in becoming Canadian Citizens. Find out: why become a Canadian Citizen, are you eligible to become a Canadian Citizen, how to complete the application forms, and more! Please join us for one of the following sessions:

Banff Sessions (Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street)
  • Monday, February 6 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, February 22 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Registration is required, please click "Register" or call 403-762-1144

Immigrant Women's Circle
Come join a small group of immigrant women to socialize, meet other women, and talk about living in Canada.  These free sessions are led by Settlement Services' Counsellor, Ashley Butenschon.  All immigrant women are invited. Come to one, some or all sessions!

Banff Sessions (101 Bear Street - above the Banff Public Library)
  • Thursday, February 2 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Registration is required, please click "Register" or call 403-762-1144

Special Event for Filipinos with Mariel Guina
Settlement Services will be welcoming Mariel Guina back to Banff!  All Filipino community members are strongly encouraged to attend this free event. Dinner, childcare and transportation from all Bow Valley locations will be provided at no-cost.  If you were not able to attend the last session in December, we look forward to seeing you at this session in March. 

Discussion in Tagalog on: successful integration of Filipino and Canadian cultures, building skills for healthy relationships, reuniting as a family in Canada, overcoming challenges, parenting in Canada, and more!

Banff Event (101 Bear Street - above the Banff Public Library)
  • Friday, March 3 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  Registration is required, please click "Register" or call 403-762-1144

Schooling in Canada Parent Orientation
This free session is for all immigrant parents who have children in school in Canada, and anyone who will be bringing their school-aged children to Canada this year. The Canadian school system is very different than many other countries, and can be very confusing for immigrant families.  This session will prepare you and your children for success in school. This session is required for all new immigrant families before they can register their child(ren) at any school in Banff or Canmore.

Banff Session (Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street)
  • Wednesday, February 22 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Registration is required, please click "Register" or call 403-762-1144


Do you know someone who has family coming to Canada soon?
It is essential that anyone who has family immigrating to Canada connects with Settlement Services before their family arrives!  

There is a lot that you need to do before your family arrives.  We can help you prepare for this significant transition. Connect with us today! Contact Anna-Lisa at: 403-762-1149 or

Attention Parents: School Report Cards are out in February
Parents who have children in Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS): please be advised that your child's first-term report card will be coming out at the beginning of February!

Important note for Banff Community High School (BCHS) parents: The only way that you can look at your child's report card is in Power School Parent Portal.  If you have not created your account, Settlement Services can help you.  Please contact Anna-Lisa right away: 403-762-1149 or

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Deadline
Important reminder for anyone who is interested in sponsoring parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada!

Less than one week left to submit the online interest to sponsor form to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) 
*Deadline is: Thursday, February 2 at 10:00 am (Mountain Standard Time)*

To submit your interest to sponsor form, visit: 

The current application cycle for the popular Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for immigration to Canada will operate under a new processing system, whereby potential applicants have a window of opportunity to register their interest, but may only submit an application if invited to do so by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

*New forms and an instruction guide will be posted on IRCC's website on January 9, 2017. Only those who are invited to apply, will be able to send in a completed application package. Please ensure that you use the correct and updated forms.

For more information, please visit IRCC's website:

To read more about the changes, visit:

Be Aware of Non-Government Websites and Additional Fees
The official resource for all the Canadian immigration information and application forms is IRCC's (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) official government website:

You can access IRCC's website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no-cost.  Official immigration information and all applications forms (for example: PR Card renewals, Sponsorship forms, and Canadian Citizenship forms) are available on IRCC's website.  You can access and print these application forms at no-cost.  The only fees that you will pay go directly to IRCC for application processing.

Be aware of other non-government websites that offer you assistance with completing application forms. Many of these non-government websites charge fees for their services, in addition to the fees required by IRCC for application processing.  One of the most common websites is  This website is NOT the official government website.  Many people accidentally select this website when they are looking for an application form because it is the first website that appears when you search in Google: "Renew my PR Card" or "Apply for Canadian Citizenship". Immigration Direct charges a fee for access to application forms, in addition to the fees required by IRCC for processing.

Please make sure you are using the official IRCC government website when looking for Canadian immigration information and application forms:

Reminder: Settlement Services can help ensure you are using the correct and most updated application forms, and answer any questions you have regarding your application forms before you mail them in to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Do you want to improve your English language communication skills?
Find out about all the FREE and low-cost English Language programs available for Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens and Temporary Foreign Workers.  Programs are available for all levels of learners (beginner, intermediate and advanced).  Programs are available online, with a tutor/mentor, in classrooms and as workshops.

"CONNECT TO LANGUAGE" - English Language Learning Guide

To read the guide online, visit:
Printed versions are now available throughout the community!  Pick up your copy today!

*LINC Update: If you are interested in taking LINC (free English Language Classes for Permanent Residents of Canada) this spring, sign up today!  The next assessment date is Friday, February 10.  
For more information, contact:

Bow Valley College offers FREE training so you can get a better job!
Occupational Skills Training is a full-time, fully-funded, EI approved program that gives you the confidence and skills you need for a better career.

Find out more about this great program at an upcoming information session!

Canmore Information Sessions (800 Railway Avenue - Provincial Building):
- February 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 12:00 pm

Banff Information Sessions (229 Bear Street - below the Lux Cinema):
- February 3, 10 and 17 at 2:30 pm

For more information, call: 403-678-3125

Community Connections in the Bow Valley - Connector Program
Families and individuals are being connected!  Sign up today to participate or volunteer with this wonderful program!  This is a great way to connect to others and your community.

For more information about how to VOLUNTEER, click here:
For more information about how to PARTICIPATE, click here:
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