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Job Search Workshops for Newcomers

Are you new to Canada? Ready to start your job search? Job Search Workshops (JSW) program assists Newcomers / Immigrants in gaining knowledge and skills to better understand strategies, business perspectives and next steps relating to the job search process. Learn what Canadian employers want newcomers to know about finding a job in Canada. Read … Continue reading

Cell Phones and Driving

Drivers caught using a handheld device will be fined up to $1,000 — more than double the 2018 fine. Additional penalties include a three-day license suspension and three demerit points. For a second conviction within five years, the maximum fine rises to $2,000, plus six demerit points and a seven-day driver’s license suspension. Drivers with … Continue reading

UOIT – Brilliant Catalyst

UOIT launched Brilliant Catalyst, a new gateway to entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn more. Read Employment E-News – January 2019 – Put Your Plan Into Action Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

Cannabis Cautions

Although cannabis is now legal in Canada, caution should be exercised. A guest speaker on a recent CBC program indicated that ordering marijuana on-line with credit or debit card can be tracked and may result in being barred from entering the USA for life. If a person wishes to purchase cannabis, the speaker advised to … Continue reading

Durham College and Tech

Durham College Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) was recently awarded $2.24 million. A large portion of the funds ($2 million) will be applied over a five-year period to enhance Durham College’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, otherwise known as the AI Hub. Read the Oshawa Express article. … Continue reading


#BeYouYouBelong is a new campaign designed to help parents of children under 6 years of age connect to programs and services in their regions. #BeYouYouBelong was initiated by the Ajax Pickering Early Childhood Development Coalition and lead by the Durham Public Health Department. Check out local programs and services that support your child’s healthy development. … Continue reading

Newcomers, Get Back2Nature!

The Durham Welcome Centres are partnering with Central Lake Ontario Conservation and Community Connections to offer “Back2Nature” – a learn to hike program for newcomers. The aim of the program is to provide a hands-on experience for newcomers that will provide information and build their confidence to explore nature within Durham Region. The program will … Continue reading

Soft Skills for Youth

Are you a young person looking for work? According to a study released by Civic Action, jobs in retail, health, banking or IT are good places to start. Across the board, the most sought-after skills that employers are looking for are soft skills including communication, teamwork, empathy and problem-solving. Unfortunately, those skills are in short … Continue reading

Bill 47 – Repeal Bill 148

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47) passed. Bill 47 repeals or rewrites parts of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) introduced by the previous Ontario Liberal government. Bill 47 will be in effect on January 1, 2019. Due to Bill 47, the minimum wage will remain … Continue reading

Path to Newcomers Success

In November 2018, the third group of Path to Newcomers Success (PNS) program participants graduated successfully. The PNS program has really made a difference for those who have participated. Half of the program participants have secured employment and staff continue to provide employment support for those seeking work. The Path to Newcomers Success program is … Continue reading