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Canada Child Benefit

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is $300 more per child to help support families during COVID-19. In July, CCB payments will increase once again. Learn more.   Read Employment E-News – June 2020 – A New Labour Landscape Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

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

Looking for Support?

Are you looking for support? The Regional Municipality of Durham has a list of available resources in the area. Find food drives, volunteer opportunities, and resources for community agencies, finances, food security, shelters, transportation, and health and wellness. Click to view available resources.   Read Employment E-News – April 2020 – Navigating New Territory Image … Continue reading

Cuts to Social Assistance?

Previously announced cuts to the welfare system are currently in question as the Ford government directed municipalities to “destroy” inserts to October welfare cheques outlining cuts taking effect this fall. Anti-poverty activists and municipal officials are hopeful that the province may be reconsidering the changes, widely believed to be harmful to vulnerable children and people … Continue reading

Be You, You Belong

The Be You, You Belong initiative aims to help parents and caregivers of children under six-years old in Ajax and Pickering connect with local services that support healthy child development. Enter the “Be You, You Belong” contest for a chance to win a $50 Indigo gift card. Click for details and contest rules!   Read … Continue reading

Growing Middle Class

The world is on the verge of a historic milestone. Based on the research of Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas, it is predicted that by 2020, the middle class will account for more than half of the world’s population. The middle class are defined as those who can afford the basic needs like food, shelter … Continue reading

Kindergarten Parent Survey

Are you a Durham Region parent of a Junior (year 1) or Senior (year 2) Kindergarten student? Please share your opinions to help inform early learning programs in Durham Region. When you complete the survey by June 15, your name will be entered into a draw to win one of twenty $50 gift cards to … 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

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

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