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Help Through Ontario Legislation

New in 2017 – The province of Ontario has implemented new legislation and regulations to lower household costs, increase customer protection and build a fairer, more inclusive society. Read about the measures being taken to meet the objectives.   Read Employment E-News – February 2017 – Opportunities Await Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca.

Basic Income?

The Province of Ontario is considering the implementation of a pilot program for Basic Income, also known as Guaranteed Income. Basic Income is an unconditional, guaranteed payment that is provided by the government to ensure that citizens have a minimum income. It is believed that Basic Income could provide a simpler and more effective support … Continue reading

Growing Diversity

Population projections for Canada point to growing diversity in all parts of the country. If current immigration levels continue, a Statistics Canada study estimates that almost half of the population will be immigrants or children of immigrants by 2036. The numbers are up from 38.2 per cent in 2011. Learn more by reading the Globe … Continue reading

Changes to OSAP Funding

Changes have been made to the OSAP program – if you are a new or mature student, you could qualify for free tuition. You can get grants and loans to help you pay for university or college when you qualify for OSAP. Learn about OSAP. Find out how to apply. Can I get OSAP? Find … Continue reading

Employment Rates in Canada

Using data from Statistics Canada, Global News calculated full-time employment rates in 33 Canadian cities to determine which cities had the lowest full-time employment rates. According to their analysis, the city of Saguenay, QC had Canada’s lowest full-time employment rate at 41.9%, followed by Peterborough, ON at 42% and Trois-Rivières, QC at 42.2%. An aging population … Continue reading

Youth, Get Paid to Participate

Get paid while you get the work experience and skills that you need to gain employment! Time and again, young people let us know that the programs offered through the Help Centre have helped them gain a sense of purpose. One of the many positive comments from Youth Job Connection participants included: “This program gives … Continue reading

Global News Durham

In 2016, Channel 12 Durham, a Corus Entertainment-owned television station, became the newest member of the Global News family, now Global Durham. Global Durham has a fresh look and airs alongside other Global programming including Toronto’s Global News at 5:30pm and 6:00pm and Global National. Anchored by Lindsay Dunn, the channel 12 newscast will continue … Continue reading

Free Library Access

As a client of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre or the Pickering Welcome Centre, you can have access to Lynda.com – an online resource that enables you to learn a new skill on your own time. Over 4000 courses, taught by industry experts, are available in Business, Technology and Creative Skills through Lynda.com. The … Continue reading

New Law For Parents

The Province of Ontario recently passed a new Law to ensure equal recognition for all parents and children. For the first time since 1978, Ontario’s parentage laws have been updated. Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016, recognizes the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their … Continue reading

DREN’s Disability Summit

Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) brought together over 100 community members to co-create a Community Roadmap to Employment for Youth with Barriers to Employment. Durham Region employment service providers, community agencies, educators, employers, persons with disabilities, municipalities, funding organizations, parents and politicians all contributed to the creation of the Roadmap. The Durham Region Unemployed Help … Continue reading