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Canada to reduce work experience requirements for caregivers and provide pathways to permanent residence

On behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, members of Parliament Salma Zahid and Rechie Valdez today announced that the amount of work experience in Canada required for a caregiver to qualify for permanent residence is being reduced from 24 months to 12 months. In addition, some spaces under the existing caregiver pathways have been reserved for caregivers who already have work experience in Canada from a previous work permit so that they are able to apply for permanent residence. The change will be effective as of April 30, 2023, and will be retrospective for caregivers who have already applied.

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Celebrate Family Day with a full slate of family-filled activities at the Welland Arena


February 15, 2023

Welland, ON – Don’t miss out on this year’s Family Day fun activities at the Welland Arena from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, February 20. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

On the ice, opportunities to learn to skate with aids and bumpers are available, as it is the chance to try your hand at ringette. Off the ice, in the community room, residents can test their skills with hockey shooting accuracy and the challenge of bubble hockey.

“This year will feel more like normal than it has in a long time,” said Rob Axiak, director of community services. “Our staff is excited to prepare and deliver some great activities for families and engage with the community with family-focused fun.”

And if hockey or ice-themed activities aren’t your things, there will be a craft creation with the Welland Museum, face painting, a magician, and Shriner s Creek popcorn for sale.

Sponsored by the Welland Optimist Club, club members will be handing out a voucher for a free hot dog or fries and a free drink to every child who attends the Family Day celebration. The voucher is redeemable at the Main Arena canteen during the time of the event only.

Learn more at https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/eventsinfo/familyDay.asp


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337



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Welland, ON
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