Durham Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

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Achieving Goals with JSW

Catherine Matriano, a Registered Nurse who was referred to the JSW program by a friend, originally came to Canada as a caregiver in 2014. She is now working in her dream job as an RN. Before coming to Canada from the Philippines, Catherine worked as a Registered Nurse and midwife. It has been her dream … Continue reading

Focus on Goals with JSW

Are you an Immigrant Professional looking for work within your chosen field? Job Search Workshop (JSW) is designed to meet the needs of Immigrant Professionals. JSW offers expert advice on effective job search skills and strategies. Participants also benefit from connecting with other newcomers all with many questions and who have faced similar challenges while looking … Continue reading

Support for Nurses

Over 145,000 nurses work in Ontario providing high-quality care to Ontarians across all health system sectors. Of the $52.5 Million that Ontario is investing to recruit, retain and support more Health Care Workers, $26 million will support nurses. Support for nurses will include: $18 million for Ontario’s Nursing Graduate Guarantee program, which provides full-time salary … Continue reading

Mentoring Newcomers

Co-founder and CEO of Acreage Inc. and Member of the Region of Durham’s Newcomer Advisory Table, Shaily Srivastava has come a long way since immigrating to Canada nine years ago. Shaily is a passionate believer in using her skills, education, engineering background and technology to solve real world challenges. In addition to her role as … Continue reading

Ontario Works for Newcomers

Newcomers, learn how Ontario Works can help you. Join the Pickering Welcome Centre on-line: Tuesday, October 20, 202011:30am to 12:30pm Ontario Works (OW) staff will be presenting an online overview of the Ontario Works program, including: How to apply for Ontario WorksFinancial benefitsEmployment services and programsCommunity referralsAnswers to your questionsHelpful and confidential discussions Registration is … Continue reading

Hiring a Professional Coordinator

We are hiring a part-time International Professional Talent (HIP Talent) Coordinator. The HIP Talent program offers regularly scheduled and accessible events that put highly skilled, educated, immigrant professional job seekers, in front of Durham employers to showcase the skilled talent available in our community; and at the same time addressing overt and systemic barriers to … Continue reading

Durham Welcome Centres

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, with locations in Pickering and Ajax, provide a one-stop service under one roof designed to guide and support newcomers through the maze of available information and resources. Programs offered through the Durham Welcome Centres include: Job Search Workshops (JSW) – a program for Newcomers/Immigrants to Canada, specifically designed to help immigrants … Continue reading

Free Income Tax Clinic for Newcomers

Thanks to the commitment of CVITP volunteers, free Tax Clinics via the Durham Welcome Centres, have been extended until August 31, 2020. Remote tax filing services are available by appointment only, To qualify, total family income is under: Couple (joint income): Up to $46,000 Single Person: Up to $30,000 One Adult with Child: Up to … Continue reading

Immigrant Talent Could Help

Immigrant talent could help address Canada’s healthcare needs in COVID-19 recovery. A Statistics Canada study indicates that 47% of foreign-educated immigrants with a health-related education are underutilized. Click to view the report. A recent CBC article addresses the fact that there are many immigrant women who are engineers, doctors, and scientists who are working in … Continue reading


Pickering Welcome Centre Manager, Pam DeWilde, recently participated in a twitter chat facilitated by World Education Services (WES). The focus was on immigrant inclusion in Canada’s economic recovery. Many participated in the chat and made the hashtag #ImmigrantsWork the number 2 trending twitter hashtag in Canada. Following are some comments and suggestions that were shared … Continue reading