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Effects of Minimum Wage Hike

According to a recent Huffington Post article, Ontario’s Minimum wage hike didn’t kill jobs in Ontario. While some experts argue that minimum wage hikes do not negatively impact strong economies, others are not in agreement. When the minimum wage in Ontario was raised to $14/hr many experts believed it would harm job creation in the … Continue reading

Low Unemployment in Oshawa

According to Statistics Canada, Oshawa has the lowest unemployment rate in the province and the third-lowest nationally. A labour force survey, released March 2018, indicates that Oshawa’s unemployment rate was down 1/3 of a percent from last year – currently at 4.5%. The unemployment rate in Canada is 5.8%. In Ontario the unemployment rate is at … Continue reading

Peony Festival Tops List

For six years in a row, the City of Oshawa’s Peony Festival has been recognized among the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario. This June, will be the Peony Festival’s 14th year running. More than 7,000 people are expected to attend. Visit the festival from Saturday, June 9 until Sunday, June 10 at the … 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

Basic Income

The Province of Ontario is exploring the concept of basic income for those who need it most. Interested in taking part in the study? Ontario learns while you earn. For more info, visit Ontario’s Basic Income webpage.   Read Employment E-News – February 2018 – New Year- New Programs Image provided by http://www.1COMMUNITY1.ca

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

The Importance of Reliability

Reliability is an important social skill that can enhance a wide range of job performance abilities. Being a dependable employee is considered a valuable trait by employers. What do employers look for? Show up for work on time everyday Produce consistent work Adhere to company policies Apply business strategies Ultimately, being reliable can make you … Continue reading

Help Wanted in Durham

Strong job growth has resulted in the lowest unemployment rate since the financial crisis began in 2007. According to the Oshawa census area which includes Whitby and Clarington, the current unemployment rate is at 5.1%. Heather McMillan, Executive Director of Durham Workforce Authority, indicates that a 4% unemployment rate is considered close to full employment. … Continue reading

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