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As we settle into the New Year, we are excited to announce the launch of two new programs – designed to help employers, young job seekers and newcomers.


Interested in learning more about our programs?


If you are a job seeker, call to schedule an appointment with an Employment Counsellor.


Take advantage of our resource centres to put your employment plan into action - visit us at one of our three locations.


If you are an Employer, contact one of our dedicated Employment Specialists.

Employing Young Talent

Over the next three years the government is investing more than $500M in new initiatives to promote economic growth and lower costs for small businesses.




Through the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development (MAESD) a new program effective January 1st, 2018 will assist employers who hire a youth (15–29) to work on average 20 hours a week.


The program will be available through the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre and other Employment Ontario (E.O.) service providers.


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.


Call or email our office to learn how you can access these funds.


Save the Minimum Wage?


The minimum wage raise has been controversial to say the least.


Maclean's Magazine author, Jason Heath asks the question "Could you become a millionaire by investing the minimum wage hike?"


Read the article by clicking here.


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.


New Program for Newcomers

Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI); we are building on our services to newcomers with the introduction of Path to Newcomers Success (PNS). 



PNS is geared to refugees, refugee claimants, and other vulnerable newcomers with low level English language skills.


Working in partnership with the Durham District School Board’s Continuing Education language programming for immigrants eligible participants will receive occupation-specific language and pre-employment training, a paid job placement and on-the-job coaching.


The objective of the project is to foster newcomers’ confidence and ability in workplace language and employment readiness; and, to assist newcomers to enter the Canadian labour market while responding to the needs of local employers for job-ready employees.


Learn more about this program by contacting either one of our site services.


Family Day in February


Monday, February 19, 2018 is Family Day!




Wondering what to do? Take a look at the Durham Tourism webpage or download Durham Tourism's 2017 Discovery Guide.


Explore unique tourism destinations and attractions in the Durham Region.


Access a calendar of events and information about restaurants, accommodations, farms, family fun, natural escapes, sports, recreation, arts and heritage.


Durham Tourism Facebook page.


Tax Clinic for Newcomers

The Durham Welcome Centres are offering free tax clinics for newcomers from February 21 to April 30, 2018.




The Region of Durham, Social Services is encouraging all residents to file their income tax to take advantage of under-accessed benefits and tax credits.


Newcomers who arrived in 2017 are required to file an income tax return even if they have not been in Canada very long or did not work in 2017.


Contact the Durham Welcome Centres for more information. A staff member will help you.


Click to access a helpful tax filing resource through the Canada Revenue Agency website.


Emergency Shelters


During periods of extreme weather conditions and temperatures below -15°, the Durham Region puts in place its Cold Weather Response Protocol to expand their services.




If you are in need of a warming station/centre, contact your municipality to see if there are any open in your area.


Other than emergency shelters, the Regional Municipality of Durham does not have emergency housing.


Learn more about Emergency Shelter Programs in Durham.


Smart Cities - Oshawa

The City of Oshawa is involved in a major community initiative in partnership with key stakeholders.




The goal is to develop smart city solutions for local issues.


In November 2017, Infrastructure Canada announced the Smart Cities Challenge requesting Canadian cities to collaborate with its residents, businesses, academic and civic organizations to design innovative projects that address their most pressing challenges using data and connected technologies.


The City is looking to the Oshawa community and stakeholders to identify community needs and project ideas. Participate in the Smart Cities challenge. Complete the Survey.


Amazon's Right Choice


Durham Region is Amazon's right choice for a bright future!




In January 2018, Amazon announced the Toronto Region as a finalist for their second corporate headquarters.


It is the only Canadian city to make the top 20.


The Toronto Global Amazon HQ2 bid includes two Durham sites the Carruthers Creek Business Area in the Town of Ajax and the Pickering Innovation Corridor.


Read more about the exciting prospect of welcoming Amazon HQ2 to the Durham Region.



Hire and Retain

On January 11th, the Regional Municipality of Durham hosted an event for local business - Durham Landscape: Hire and Retain.


maralynDRUHC Executive Director, Maralyn Tassone & Pickering Welcome Centre Manager, Pam DeWilde presented at Durham Landscape: Hire and Retain


The Durham Region event was held in partnership with the Oshawa and Whitby Chambers of Commerce and Ajax Pickering Board of Trade to provide information to employers on the support available to hire and retain workers.

Maralyn Tassone, Executive Director at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre and Pam DeWilde, Manager of the Pickering Welcome Centre were among the presenters at the event.


Know Your Risks

Part of personal preparedness is knowing your risks, such as severe winter storms.




Learn more about how to prepare for an emergency by clicking here.


Job Opportunities

- Operations Analyst

- Client Services Representative

- Supervisor, Customer Service

- Unit Coordinator

- Temporary Labourer

- Customer Service - PT

- Peer Support Specialist

- Quality Supervisor

- Assistant Front Store Manager


Note: The Job Opportunities listed may expire throughout the month.


Please come in to one of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre locations to view many more job postings.


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Unemployment - Record Low



The unemployment rate in Canada is at a record low. Is this as good as it gets?




Canada's unemployment rate hit a record low - at 5.6% the rate is comparable to records dating back to 1976.


Job growth in December 2017, contributed to the addition of 79,000 jobs according to Statistics Canada. The majority were part-time jobs - 55,000 in total.


In 2017 more full-time than part-time jobs were created. A total of 423,000 net new jobs of which 394,000 were full-time employment.


In general, the forecast is good for Canada. Alberta's job market continues to show signs of recovery with an unemployment rate of 6.9%.


Quebec and British Columbia have also been strong performers with unemployment rates below 5%. In Ontario, the employment rate remained at 5.5%.


Read the Huffington Post article - "Canada's Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low".








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