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Newcomers, Jump Start Your Career with JSW

“The JSW program helped me keep up the momentum needed to find a job.” Abi is a newcomer who came to the Welcome Centre and expressed interest in finding work in her profession as an IT Security Analyst. Abi was eager to get a job and was open to considering any IT-related jobs. She had … Continue reading

Top 10 In-Demand Jobs

At 5.6%, Canada’s unemployment rate is lower than it has been in 40 years and there is no sign of an increase anytime soon. But what types of workers does the economy need most? Randstad reports on Canada’s 10 most in demand jobs of 2019 and their pay. According to Randstad, there are two kinds … Continue reading

GM Rejects UNIFOR Deal

General Motors is continuing its plan to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant by the end of the year. Unifor President, Jerry Dias, sat down with GM to discuss the possibility of extending the life of the Oshawa Assembly plant. Due to economic implications and the shift in the marketplace, GM would not revise its plan … Continue reading

CPP Enhancements

The new “enhanced” Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will benefit the generations that follow the Baby Boomers. Currently CPP replaces pre-retirement earnings up to 25% of the current Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings limit (YMPE) of $57,000/year. The enhanced plan will replace 33.33% of a worker’s lifetime earnings to a higher pensionable earnings limit of $65,400. The … Continue reading

The Future of Work

The economy has changed and so has the work world. Knowing how the labour market has shifted can help you prepare for the future. In today’s economy, many emerging jobs in Canada are tech-related. Contract jobs rather than full-time employment continues to be the trend. As economic globalization continues, a highly skilled workforce with creative, … Continue reading

Special Advisors in Durham

The Ontario government is going ahead with a review of regional government — Durham is one of the municipalities under review. To ensure that regional governments are working effectively and efficiently, Special Advisors Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling will review the following regional governments: Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, and Oxford County), … Continue reading

State of Inclusion

In December, TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant and Employment Council) released a report on the current state of immigrant inclusion in the GTA labour market. Is it different compared to 15 years ago? Are there equal opportunities for newcomer women? While there has been progress in some areas, others still need significant change. Read the State … Continue reading

Free Tax Clinics

The Durham Welcome Centres in Pickering and Ajax will be offering free tax clinics again this year. Free Tax Clinics will begin after Family Day (Feb 18). Start date has not yet been confirmed. To qualify for the Welcome Centre clinics, newcomers must have been in Canada for 5 years or less and meet the … Continue reading

Ajax Winterfest

Enjoy the winter season with your family at the Town of Ajax’s Free Family Day Winterfest on February 18th! Located at the McLean Community Centre, families will enjoy winter themed activities including: The Great Canadian Lumberjacks Outdoor Show 11:30am, 1pm and 3pm Free Swimming 11am-1pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm Free Family Fitness Zumba Class 11:30 am *Indoor … Continue reading

Retailers Closing Shop

An unusually large wave of retail store closures are happening in Canada. By the end of February, Town Shoes, Jean Machine and twenty-seven Lowe’s and Rona retail locations will close. According to the Senior Business Editor for Huffpost Canada, the rise of on-line retail is only part of the reason why retail locations are failing. … Continue reading