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Honouring Mentees

On January 25, 2017, major employers from across the GTA came together to celebrate their employees who give back to their professional community by mentoring newcomers. The special event was held for The Mentoring Partnership, a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). CIBC, KPMG in Canada, the University of Toronto and Seneca … Continue reading

Student Grants

The Government of Canada offers Student Grants that fund part-time and full-time students, students with dependents, students with disabilities and students from low and middle income families. Some of the grants include: Grant for students from low-income families: A grant of $250 per month for eligible students who belong to a low-income family. Grant for … Continue reading

Plan Your Future

Where do you want to be in 5 years? A five year career development plan can help you map out where you would like to be in 5 years and how you are going to get there. Which resources, services and connections can you use to help you achieve your goals? How can Employment Ontario … Continue reading

ISO Registration – 14th Year

For the fourteenth successive year the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC) has been awarded a certificate of ISO Registration. For the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, standards are a means for ensuring consistency in customer service excellence and professionalism. Through the ISO auditing process and a desire to continually build upon services at DRUHC, … Continue reading

Sears Canada Closing

After years of declining sales, Sears Canada Inc announced a plan to restructure – stores will be closed and many positions will be cut. The Canadian company, with 225 stores, will close approximately 59 of their retail locations. Of 17,000 workers it is anticipated that 2,900 will lose their jobs. We have information about the … Continue reading

Unemployed Youth?

We can get you working with free Employment Ontario Services and Programs. If you are you aged 15-29 years or know someone who is, we can help through year round support to help young people plan their career and transition into the labour market. Through Youth Job Link, you will gain: – Career management skills … Continue reading

Meet the Recruiter

Are you a newcomer looking for employment in Canada? Do you want to know what employers are looking for? The Pickering Welcome Centre “Meet the Recruiter” event is back by popular demand – this time with an interactive, “speed mentoring” component. Financial and Customer Service Sector Reps will be on-site to share key job search … Continue reading

Valuable Feedback

The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is working to help you plan your future. The latest feedback from college students, graduates and their employers can help future college students decide if college is the right choice and, if so, which program. The data offers insight not only to potential college students but … Continue reading

Durham’s Age Friendly Plan

Two years ago, the Region of Durham received a grant from the Province of Ontario to initiate an age-friendly community planning process. The Age-Friendly Durham Strategy and Action Plan was created after engaging in extensive research and discussion within the community. As a result of the conversations with stakeholders, the community is moving towards a … Continue reading

Minimum Wage Raise

Last month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the provincial minimum wage will increase to $15/hour by January 1, 2019. The change to the minimum wage will be phased in over an 18 month, rising to $14/hour by January 1, 2018. Wynne states, “People are working longer, jobs are less secure, benefits are harder to come … Continue reading