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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

Mentoring Partnership Webinar

Are you an internationally trained professional wanting to re-connect with your career in Canada? We can connect you with a Canadian Mentor from a similar occupational background who will help you build your local Professional Network, gain a better understanding of the Canadian work environment, and much more! Join us for a Mentoring Orientation Webinar … Continue reading

Webinar for Newcomers

On May 14th, the Pickering Welcome Centre will host a webinar with a Service Canada Citizen Services Specialist. Service Canada will share valuable information on eligibility and applying for Benefits and Assistance available through Service Canada. Join us on May 14th at 10am. For more information call 905-420-3008 or email jswinfo@unemployedhelp.on.ca.   Read Employment E-News … Continue reading

Canadian Values

Recognized through TD Bank and the Hispanic Business Alliance as one of the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians”, Isaac Garcia-Sitton holds Canadian values close to his heart. Isaac is the Director of International Education & English Language Institute (YUELI) at York University’s School of Continuing Studies in Toronto. Part of his philosophy as a leader … Continue reading

Birthing and Parenting in Canada

Are you new to Canada and having a baby? Join us for a six week series about “Giving Birth and Becoming a Parent in Canada”. Learn about having a healthy pregnancy, labour and birth, caring for baby and mom, breastfeeding and parenting. Every Wednesday March 25-April 29, 2020 3:00pm-4:00pm Pickering Welcome Centre 1400 Bayly Street, … Continue reading

Family Fun for Newcomers

Visit the Pickering Welcome Centre during the March Break for a free Family Fun playgroup – for families with children 0-6 yrs. Play, learn, sing and make recycled-art! Tuesday March 17, 2020 2:00pm-4:00pm Pickering Welcome Centre, Unit 5 Drop-in program. Registration is not required. For more information contact the Pickering Welcome Centre at 1-877-761-1155 or … Continue reading

Newcomer Workshops – Income Tax and Ontario Works

Free Income Tax Clinics Held from February 27 – April 30, 2020 for Newcomers who qualify. By appointment only, To qualify, you must: a. Have been in Canada for 5 Years or Less b. Meet one of the following income requirements Couple: Up to $46,000 Single Person: Up to $30,000 One Adult with Child: Up … Continue reading

Welcome Centre Success!

Srinivas is an Engineering Professional with 7 yrs of international experience in the power industry. He arrived in Canada in June 2019. Srinivas learned of the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services through a flyer that he received at the Service Canada counter in the airport immigration zone. He attended the Job Search Workshop modules at the … Continue reading

Challenges for Newcomers

According to The Star, more than half of the newcomers arriving in Canada are economic migrants prioritized by the Canadian immigration system to address our declining population and need for skilled workers. Many move to Canada because it is perceived to be a country that is open and kind to all people. Kleber Gabriel, a … Continue reading