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Economic Security

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Tourism on the Rise

The tourism sector accounts for almost one-tenth of all jobs in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, tourism accounted for about 1.8 million jobs in Canada in 2015, up 2.6% from 2014. Did you know that younger workers hold 1/3 of employee jobs in tourism and 1/4 of tourism sector jobs are held by immigrant workers? … Continue reading

Student Grants

The Government of Canada offers Student Grants that fund part-time and full-time students, students with dependents, students with disabilities and students from low and middle income families. Some of the grants include: Grant for students from low-income families: A grant of $250 per month for eligible students who belong to a low-income family. Grant for … Continue reading

Plan Your Future

Where do you want to be in 5 years? A five year career development plan can help you map out where you would like to be in 5 years and how you are going to get there. Which resources, services and connections can you use to help you achieve your goals? How can Employment Ontario … Continue reading

Sears Canada Closing

After years of declining sales, Sears Canada Inc announced a plan to restructure – stores will be closed and many positions will be cut. The Canadian company, with 225 stores, will close approximately 59 of their retail locations. Of 17,000 workers it is anticipated that 2,900 will lose their jobs. We have information about the … Continue reading

Valuable Feedback

The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development is working to help you plan your future. The latest feedback from college students, graduates and their employers can help future college students decide if college is the right choice and, if so, which program. The data offers insight not only to potential college students but … Continue reading

A Living Wage

Anti-poverty agencies are putting Living Wage theories to the test. Mission Services of London, Ontario recently announced that all of its employees will earn at least a Living Wage of $15.53/hr. Part-time Sales Associate, Carol Keep, indicates that receiving an extra $4 an hour has made a huge difference in her life – it means … Continue reading

Millennial Labour Market

The Globe and Mail recently surveyed young people to ask them about their experience in the Labour Market. Millennials report that their job search is frustrating, tough, and difficult. Based on responses provided, 23.4% of millennials between the ages of 19 – 30 have precarious work; 21% are working more than one job; and 31.9% … Continue reading

Ontario’s Economy Boom

Ontario is expected to lead economic growth in Canada according to Canada’s big banks.           Statistics Canada recently announced that Ontario’s unemployment rate is at 5.8% – the lowest it has been in 16 years. Ontario has added almost 100,000 full-time jobs in 2017 and part-time jobs have decreased by 10,200. … Continue reading

Reinventing Home

Soaring real estate prices and a precarious work reality for young people is changing the way that some families are choosing to live. The Toronto Star recently released an article about a family of four who has chosen to re-invent their home to adapt to changing living conditions. Recognizing that it would be impossible for … Continue reading

The Gig Economy

The Traditional Economy is comprised of full-time workers who develop a career, enjoy benefits and generally stay in the same position for a lifetime. The Gig Economy has replaced the traditional model – comprised of flexible, temporary work, employers are leaning toward the hiring of freelancers and independent contractors rather than full-time employees. The Canadian … Continue reading