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Job Search Workshop Success for Samuel

“Now I have a clear vision and know what my next steps are … I’ll do the best I can to achieve my goals. Thank you!” Samuel came to Canada from Ethiopia in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Samuel aspires to work in a university setting teaching … Continue reading

Need a Second Career?

If you are affected by the GM closure or have been laid off from your position, Second Career may be an option. Through Second Career, eligible individuals who have been laid off may benefit from re-training or refreshing skills to improve employment opportunities. Attend an orientation session to learn if you qualify and: – Explore … Continue reading

De-stress and Get Outside!

It doesn’t just feel good to get outside – according to science there are health benefits too. Did you know that being in nature can help you: Improve short-term memory De-stress Reduce inflammation Decrease feelings of fatigue Reduce depression and anxiety Bundle up and get outside! It’s a great way to spend quality time with … Continue reading

Health and Eating Well

Diet plays an important part in maintaining health and well-being. While it is tempting to eat sweets and treats over the holidays, why not try a fruit smoothie to satisfy a craving? A combination of bananas, blueberries, oranges and raspberries makes a power-packed energy booster. Read more on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.   … Continue reading

GM Closure – 2500+ jobs lost

It’s the end of an era for General Motors in Oshawa. A restructuring plan to focus on electric and autonomous vehicle programs has prompted the closure of the GM plant in Oshawa – currently employing more than 2500 people. It is a huge disapointment for residents in the community. Oshawa has had a long history … Continue reading

Newcomer Volunteer Fair

The first Newcomer Volunteer Fair was a great success! Speakers and local community organizations provided insights into Canadian workplace culture, the benefits of volunteering when job searching and settling in a new community. Visitors explored volunteer opportunities in the fields of Arts & Culture, Social Services, Administrative, Fitness & Leisure, Education and Hospitality. View the … Continue reading

Campus Projects

Due to a billion-dollar provincial deficit, funds for campus expansions at three universities and colleges in the GTA will be re-directed. More than $300 million in funding for colleges and universities in Brampton, Milton and Markham will no longer be allocated to these initiatives. Post-Secondary Minister, Merrilee Fullerton, also indicated that cuts may be made … Continue reading

Changes to Bill 148

On October 3, 2018, Ontario Premier Doug Ford vowed to get rid of Bill 148. Bill 148 is the Liberal Worker Reform Bill that was implemented to give workers greater protections including the recent minimum wage raise to $14/hour. Doug Ford had already stated that the minimum wage would remain at $14/hour and would not … Continue reading

Pickering Welcome Centre

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, with locations in Pickering and Ajax, provide a one-stop service under one roof designed to guide and support newcomers through the maze of available information and resources. Services include language assessment and language training, settlement services and assistance in finding employment. Learn more by visiting or calling one of the two … Continue reading

Pickering Welcome Centre Helps Former Deputy Minister

Before coming to Canada Tariq worked as a Deputy Minister in Afghanistan. After experiencing challenges and feeling very discouraged in his attempts to enter the Canadian Labour Market, Tariq visited the Pickering Welcome Centre for employment support. With help from the Job Search Workshops Program and TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, Tariq was successful in securing a … Continue reading