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Education at Home

Ontario parents can apply for a one-time COVID-19 payment to help offset the costs of keeping children entertained and engaged during the extended time away from school. The Support for Families Portal offers $200 per child 12 years of age and under and $250 for dependents with special needs from birth to age 21. Learn … Continue reading

Hiring During COVID-19

In response to the pandemic, hiring has changed dramatically with a rise of available Essential Workplace positions and a sharp decrease in other types of employment. Since the pandemic began, jobs in healthcare are up by 35%. Positions in delivery services, supermarkets, and supply chains are also on the rise. Following are some of the … Continue reading

Apprenticeship Grants Available

Ontario is helping apprentices succeed in the workforce and assisting employers in growing their businesses, while increasing participation from under-represented groups. There are a number of Apprenticeship Grants available to help individuals looking to start a career in the trades: Apprenticeship Incentive Grant Apprenticeship Incentive Grant – Women Apprenticeship Completion Grant Learn about 140+ trades … Continue reading

We Are Working to Serve You!

Everything has changed in a short amount of time. We are here to service your employment needs throughout this difficult time. While our ‘bricks and mortar sites’ are closed to the public, Employment Counsellors and Employment Specialists are ready and available to help you. If you are an employer who is looking to hire now, … Continue reading

Webinar for Newcomers

On May 14th, the Pickering Welcome Centre will host a webinar with a Service Canada Citizen Services Specialist. Service Canada will share valuable information on eligibility and applying for Benefits and Assistance available through Service Canada. Join us on May 14th at 10am. For more information call 905-420-3008 or email jswinfo@unemployedhelp.on.ca.   Read Employment E-News … Continue reading

Therapy for Ontario’s Frontline COVID-19 Staff

Hundreds of mental health workers are offering free therapy to Ontario’s frontline COVID-19 staff. More than 450 licensed mental health workers ready to volunteer their services including licensed psychotherapists, psychologists and social workers. Learn more about free telephone therapy sessions for healthcare workers on the frontlines.   Read Employment E-News – April 2020 – Navigating … Continue reading

Interest Rate Cut

COVID-19 and a sharp drop in oil prices spurred the Bank of Canada’s surprise announcement to cut key interest rate to 0.25%. The key interest target is down to a crisis-level low. It was the third overall cut this month and the second unscheduled cut. Click to learn more.   Read Employment E-News – April … Continue reading

Help Frontline Staff

Canada’s doctors, nurses, hospital staff and frontline staff are working hard to keep us safe and healthy. We can thank them by staying at home to help flatten the curve. Last week, OWASCO Inc., a Clarington RV centre offered 70 of its vehicles to Oshawa and Ajax-Pickering hospitals to help frontline workers coping with the … Continue reading

Canadians Returning Home

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures that require mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. The measures are intended to help contain the outbreak and limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Upon return to Canada, you will be asked if you … Continue reading

SCAMS Related to COVID-19

Please be aware of door-to-door and on-line scams related to COVID-19. Toronto Police and the Toronto Crime Stoppers program released a public service announcement about SCAMS and COVID-19. They are asking residents to be vigilant when it comes to those trying to sell products or services associated with COVID-19. Some COVID-19 related internet scams indicate … Continue reading