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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

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

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

Money for Your Children

Did you know that can get up to $2,000 in free education money for your children through the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)? More than 36,000 children in the Durham Region are eligible for the CLB – that’s over $70 million in free money for post-secondary education! Based on Eligibility: Simply open a Registered Education Savings … Continue reading