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Canada 150 Skating Day

Canada 150 is celebrating skating across the country. On December 10, the entire country will come together to enjoy Skating Day. The City of Pickering and Durham Welcome Centres invite you to come and discover why skating is a favourite winter activity in Canada. Lace up your skates and join us for an afternoon of … Continue reading

Boy Crisis?

You may have heard that girls are doing better than boys in school. Did you know that in some of Canada’s leading universities, the ratio is 70% female, 30% male in some of the most prestigious programs? Many are referring to this trend as a boy crisis. Unfortunately, there is a narrative in the public … Continue reading

Disability Rules are Relaxing

Major changes are being made to provincial programs that offer financial support and medical coverage to Ontario residents with disabilities. Some of the stringent rules governing the primary social support systems for disabled residents – Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) – are being relaxed. In the past, financial support would be … Continue reading

Immigration and Diversity

In October, Statistics Canada released a new national statistical portrait of immigration and ethnocultural diversity in Canada based on results from the 2016 Census. Some interesting statistics: A large number of respondents – 21.9% – indicated that they were or have been a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada. This is the highest level … Continue reading

Human Skills Needed

Traditionally described as soft skills, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication are becoming increasingly important skills for the new work world. The Business Council of Canada conducted a survey of major employers in Canada. The survey indicates that although there are gaps in technical areas, hiring managers are primarily interested in candidates with strong soft … Continue reading

A Career in Skilled Trades?

Considering a career in the skilled trades? The world will beat a path to your doorstep! Would you rather work with your hands than sit behind a desk? If you are looking for a change in careers or contemplating a first career, take a close look at the skilled trades. The list may be more … Continue reading

Hot Labour Market

In August, Canada‚Äôs jobless rate fell to 6.3% – the lowest its been since October 2008. Canada’s Labour Market has seen continuous growth with an eighth straight employment increase adding 10,900 jobs in July, according to Statistics Canada. This past year has seen the biggest 12-month gain since 2007 with 387,600 jobs – primarily in … Continue reading

Best Job Prospects

If you live in Ontario and you are you looking for a career with strong employment prospects, you may want to consider the field of nursing. An analytical report released by Emsi identified the top job trends in the province. At the top of the expected job gains are positions in the field of health. … Continue reading

Employment Standards

Are you interested in learning about employee rights and employer obligations in Ontario? The Ontario Ministry of Labour establishes employment standards including minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays and more. There are plenty of resources available on the Ministry of Labour website including tools and calculators that can help employers and employees understand and … Continue reading

New Citizenship Study Guide

The Government of Canada has released a new draft version of the Canadian Citizenship Study Guide. It highlights Canadian responsibilities and Indigenous Peoples. A draft version of a new study guide for the citizenship exam indicates that completing the census, paying taxes and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory obligations of Canadian citizenship. The … Continue reading