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Immigration and Diversity

In October, Statistics Canada released a new national statistical portrait of immigration and ethnocultural diversity in Canada based on results from the 2016 Census. Some interesting statistics: A large number of respondents – 21.9% – indicated that they were or have been a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada. This is the highest level … 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

Meet the Recruiter

The new one-on-one component at the Pickering Welcome Centre’s “Meet the Recruiter” event was a big success! Attendees participated in a“Warm Networking and Calling Card” workshop and spent five minutes with each of the six mentors discussing a particular topic. Mentors offered on the spot résumé critiques, social media tips and interview scenarios. Take a … Continue reading

New Citizenship Study Guide

The Government of Canada has released a new draft version of the Canadian Citizenship Study Guide. It highlights Canadian responsibilities and Indigenous Peoples. A draft version of a new study guide for the citizenship exam indicates that completing the census, paying taxes and respecting treaties with Indigenous Peoples are mandatory obligations of Canadian citizenship. The … Continue reading

Honouring Mentees

On January 25, 2017, major employers from across the GTA came together to celebrate their employees who give back to their professional community by mentoring newcomers. The special event was held for The Mentoring Partnership, a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). CIBC, KPMG in Canada, the University of Toronto and Seneca … Continue reading

Health Information Day for Newcomers

Together with key community partners, the Pickering and Ajax Welcome Centres held a successful Health Information Day for Newcomers. Newcomers had the opportunity to visit booths and attend a full day of workshops related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The workshops offered tips about active, healthy living as well as information about the services and … Continue reading

Talking Recruitment with Newcomers

The Pickering Welcome Centre hosted a successful Meet the Recruiter event for Newcomers. Representatives from the fields of Project Management, Small Business, Banking and Trades were on-site to share advice and job search tips to participants. The newcomers who attended the event were Internationally Trained Professionals with varying backgrounds. Each of the panelists were asked … Continue reading

Growing Diversity

Population projections for Canada point to growing diversity in all parts of the country. If current immigration levels continue, a Statistics Canada study estimates that almost half of the population will be immigrants or children of immigrants by 2036. The numbers are up from 38.2 per cent in 2011. Learn more by reading the Globe … Continue reading

It’s Mentoring Month!

When Pir Momin began looking for work as a Radiologist, he turned to The Mentoring Partnership – a program designed to match internationally trained professionals with established Canadian professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Pir Momin knew it would not be easy to find work in his field. His mentor helped him to build a professional … Continue reading

5 Years Serving Newcomers!

On November 29th, the Durham Welcome Centres celebrated five years of servicing the newcomer community with Open Houses in Pickering and Ajax. Many local dignitaries, politicians, stakeholders and past participants attended to celebrate the accomplishments of the Durham Welcome Centres and a shared vision to help newcomers succeed.             Read … Continue reading