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Bill 148: New Labour Laws

Bill 148 – The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is not just about a $15/hour minimum wage increase. Following a lengthy review process, Ontario’s Liberal government has made sweeping changes to provincial employment and labour law. Labour Minister Kevin Flynn indicated that although the Ontario economy is doing very well, not everyone is prospering. Minister … Continue reading

Disability Rules are Relaxing

Major changes are being made to provincial programs that offer financial support and medical coverage to Ontario residents with disabilities. Some of the stringent rules governing the primary social support systems for disabled residents – Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) – are being relaxed. In the past, financial support would be … 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

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

Unemployed Youth?

Youth can gain mentorship, support, education, skills and guaranteed job opportunities by participating in free youth employment programs. A participant of Youth Job Connection stated that the program “helped form a routine and to get used to starting a work day.” Other participants have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to connect to a source of … Continue reading

Help Through Ontario Legislation

New in 2017 – The province of Ontario has implemented new legislation and regulations to lower household costs, increase customer protection and build a fairer, more inclusive society. Read about the measures being taken to meet the objectives.   Read Employment E-News – February 2017 – Opportunities Await Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca.

Basic Income?

The Province of Ontario is considering the implementation of a pilot program for Basic Income, also known as Guaranteed Income. Basic Income is an unconditional, guaranteed payment that is provided by the government to ensure that citizens have a minimum income. It is believed that Basic Income could provide a simpler and more effective support … Continue reading

Work is Changing in Ontario

Ontario’s “Changing Workplaces Review” Interim Report is Now Available! The Ontario Government recently issued an independent review seeking recommendations for legislative change of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA). The review is the first to focus on the changes required to two acts. The goal is to address … Continue reading

Job Search Workshop

Job Search Workshop (JSW) is a program for newcomers offered through the Pickering Welcome Centre (PWC). Attendees of the program have gained tremendous benefits from participating. In fact: 72% of JSW clients accessed employment support within 1 year of landing in Canada; 76% of PWC clients completing the Job Search Workshop found employment within 6 … Continue reading

Ontario Budget for Students

The Ontario Budget, released in February, revealed radical changes related to the delivery of University and College loans and grants for students. The changes demonstrate a governmental commitment to make postsecondary education accessible to families with low incomes. According to the budget, most college and university students with a family income of less than $50,000 … Continue reading