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Immigration Roundtable

The government is conferring with various stakeholders to help plan for the future of immigration in Canada, including the number of newcomers Canada welcomes each year. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Arif Virani, invited Jennifer O’Connell, MP, Pickering, Uxbridge; Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre’s Executive Director, Maralyn Tassone; Pickering Welcome … Continue reading

Immigration in Durham Region

DID YOU KNOW that immigration is a significant catalyst for growth in the GTA? Between 2006-2011, amost two-thirds of population growth in the Greater Toronto Area resulted from immigration. The Durham Region accounts for 10% of the GTA population and approximately 97% of residents hold Canadian Citizenship. According to Durham Region Immigration Stats (2011), following … Continue reading

Work is Changing in Ontario

Ontario’s “Changing Workplaces Review” Interim Report is Now Available! The Ontario Government recently issued an independent review seeking recommendations for legislative change of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA). The review is the first to focus on the changes required to two acts. The goal is to address … Continue reading

Mental Health Training

More than 1,000 primary care providers (family doctors and nurses) from across Ontario will receive specialized mental health training to support children and youth. The new ‘ECHO’ program will be facilitated by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Health care providers will participate in videoconferencing and mentoring sessions with CHEO specialists. Learn more about … Continue reading

Collaborative Education

This past Spring, Durham College announced that the provincial government is providing $22 million in funding toward the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) at the Oshawa campus. According to Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, MPP Reza Moridi, the funding represents the largest investment since 1967 – when the college first opened … Continue reading

Average Weekly Earnings

Statistics Canada compiles statistics to “help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture.” In March, the average weekly earnings of employees in Ontario were up .05% from the previous month, currently at $960/week for an average of 32.9 hours. A 0.7% increase has been recorded over a 12 month period. “The increase … Continue reading

Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage in Ontario is set to increase this fall. On October 1, 2016, the minimum wage will rise from $11.25 to $11.40. Read the announcement. Read Employment E-News – August 2016 – Information You Need to Know   Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca.