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Finance in High School

By Fall 2018, Ontario will make financial skills a mandatory career course in high schools. Laying the groundwork for financial literacy will be an essential aspect of the Grade 10 Careers Course overhaul. In addition to essential financial skills, students will learn about digital literacy and entrepreneurship. Read: Ontario Launches Plan To Teach High School … Continue reading

Employer Incentive to Hire Youth

Employers that hire youth between January 1st and March 31st using E.O. services can receive a $1,000 retention incentive at 3-months and an additional $1,000 at 6-months. Thanks to the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development (MAESD), the program is available through the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre. We are accepting referrals for this … Continue reading

Working While on ODSP

Did you know that you can work and participate in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)? While on ODSP you can work, keep your benefits, have more money and get the help that you need. Work Working while on ODSP can improve well-being, help build confidence and skills, leading to greater ability and independence. Benefits … Continue reading

How We Can Help Youth with Sarah Delicate

At DRUHC’s 34th Annual General Meeting, Sarah Delicate, a consultant focused on Outcome-Based Management spoke about some of the employment challenges facing youth. Sarah delivered a presentation about youth disengagement and how to help youth build a plan that takes into consideration their values, skills and interests. Sarah encouraged community stakeholders to recognize that each … Continue reading

Financial Info for Newcomers

This month, the Durham Welcome Centres present Financial Literacy Workshops for Newcomers and New Canadians. On Tuesday, November 7th, Service Canada will provide information and answer your questions including: Why do we need to file an income tax return every year? What is a Canada Learning Bond? What other Government-funded Education Savings opportunities are available? … Continue reading

Wage Increases

Ontario Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour. The new increase, which will be implemented in phases, is intended to help 8.9% Ontario’s employees. At $15, a full-time, 40-hour-week job would pay $600/week or $31,200/year, compared to $23,712 at the current minimum wage of $11.40. Over the past three years, Ontario’s economy has outperformed all … 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

Canada’s Federal Budget 2017

The Liberals released the Federal Budget last month – the overall theme was to strengthen the middle class. The Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, indicated that the plan’s objective is to grow employment opportunities for Canadians and ensure that Canada is innovative and globally competitive. Investments will be made in training, skills and innovation, public and green … Continue reading

Small Business Success

Approximately 40% of businesses in Canada have fewer than 100 employees. It is commonly recognized that small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. A Globe & Mail article highlights the findings of the Scotiabank Global Economics Special Report on Small Business. The report indicates that small businesses have helped with the labour market … Continue reading

Average Weekly Earnings

Statistics Canada compiles statistics to “help better understand Canada, its population, resources, economy, society, and culture.” In March, the average weekly earnings of employees in Ontario were up .05% from the previous month, currently at $960/week for an average of 32.9 hours. A 0.7% increase has been recorded over a 12 month period. “The increase … Continue reading