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Older Worker Program

Are you between the ages of 55 and 64 and looking for career assistance? The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a demonstrated successful, 4-week program for people aged 55-64 who are out of work, under-employed, and wishing to be gainfully employed. Attend an Orientation Session to Learn More. View the Event Calendar for … Continue reading

Which Program Is Right For You?

There is something for everyone! Whether you are a newcomer, youth or an older worker who is looking for work, we have a program for you. Learn about Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection Summer, Youth Job Link, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, Second Career, The Mentoring Partnership, and more. Book an appointment with an … Continue reading

Job Search Workshop

Job Search Workshop (JSW) is a program for newcomers offered through the Pickering Welcome Centre (PWC). Attendees of the program have gained tremendous benefits from participating. In fact: 72% of JSW clients accessed employment support within 1 year of landing in Canada; 76% of PWC clients completing the Job Search Workshop found employment within 6 … Continue reading

Labour Market for Women

Recently, a report related to Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap was released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The report, “Every Step You Take: Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap Ladder” indicates the following: On average, a working woman in Ontario earns 70.6 cents for every dollar a man makes*. With each step that women take on … Continue reading

Go Train Extension = Jobs

Four new GO Train stations have the potential to create 21,000 jobs according to a recent economic impact analysis. The analysis shows that an extension of four new GO stations through Oshawa to Bowmanville would unlock both re-development and development opportunities. According to the economic impact analysis: “The project has the potential to generate $1.1 … Continue reading

Five Changes to EI

Changes to Employment Insurance are coming… here are five things you may need to know. Employment Insurance is a regionally based system, taking into account local and regional employment-related factors. Twelve of the hardest hit regions across Canada have been identified as facing significant challenges. Measures to the EI system have been applied to aid … Continue reading

Open Doors at Holiday Inn

The long-awaited Holiday Inn in downtown Oshawa has opened its doors! The hotel is a big part of the downtown revitalization project. The hotel is close to the General Motors Centre and the 401 and will draw a diverse crowd including social and sports groups as well as corporate and business clientele. The hotel is … Continue reading

Diversity in Durham

Gradually, the Durham Region is becoming more culturally and ethnically diverse. In 2011, the Durham Region immigrant population was 21.3% – it is on the rise. Welcome Centre Immigrant Services helps newcomers ease the transition to Canada, offering one-stop settlement services to help support and guide immigrants in Durham and York regions. The Ajax and … Continue reading

Ontario Budget for Students

The Ontario Budget, released in February, revealed radical changes related to the delivery of University and College loans and grants for students. The changes demonstrate a governmental commitment to make postsecondary education accessible to families with low incomes. According to the budget, most college and university students with a family income of less than $50,000 … Continue reading