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The New Year has arrived!


A great deal of change is happening locally, nationally and globally.


Often, change can make us uneasy because of the fear of the unknown.


The reality is that change happens all of the time.


Being informed can help you take the steps required to adapt to change.


Welcoming change can also bring about a shift in perspective.


While the loss of a job may seem like a negative experience, it may mean that a better employment opportunity is on the horizon.


Our Employment Counsellors can help you learn about programs that may be suited for your particular situation.


Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Change is Coming

Are you aware of how your family finances might change under the new Trudeau government?



The Liberal party campaigned on key measures that will likely effect you.


Some of the changes include:


Middle Class Tax Cuts

(as much as $670/year)


Tax Increases for High Earners

(more than $200,000/year)


A New Canada Child Benefit (replacing Universal Child Care Benefit)


Age requirement for Old Age Security would not gradually increase


Graduates would not have to repay Student Loans until they earned at least $25,000 a year


There are many other proposed financial changes on the horizon.


Click here to find out more.


Resiliency Tips

Resilience is the capacity to deal with stress and adapt to challenges and adversity.



Everyone deals with stress. Stressors may include unemployment, relationship difficulties, health problems, financial worries, etc.


The key to coping with stress is to learn how to effectively respond to challenging situations.


"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."- Vivian Greene


Learn 10 ways to become more resilient. Click here.

Newly Arrived Refugees

In December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory welcomed a small group of 214 Syrian refugees at Toronto Pearson International Airport.



The event has drawn international attention to Canada.


The editors of the New York Times stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “spoke unmistakably to a broader audience” when he personally greeted refugees..." - source


A photo of a crowd welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada is making the rounds on social media. Hassan McMasri posted the picture on his Facebook page with the following caption: "Dear world, this is Canada..." Quintiessential diversity.


According to federal statistics, 882 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since Nov. 4. "An additional 1,545 have been issued permanent resident visas but haven’t yet arrived in Canada." Read more.


Money Matters

Are You In Debt?



Experts suggest that you should look for ways to cut back rather than to cut out. Learn Eight Tips for getting out and staying out of debt.


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Mentoring Month

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month?



It may be a good time to consider finding a mentor to help you on your career path.


"An experienced advisor can steer you along a career trajectory, navigating around professional obstacles and raising your profile with senior executives." - source

If you are a newcomer to Canada and an internationally trained professional working towards pursuing your career goals, The Mentoring Partnership could be for you.


The Mentoring Partnership brings together newcomers and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.


If you are interested in participating as a mentor or a mentee, please contact The Mentoring Partnership Coordinator.


The next Information Session for Mentees will be held on January 14, 2016.


Watch Out For Scams

Holiday spending makes January a difficult month for many people.



Don't fall victim to job scams. They can be a costly trap.


Learn how to spot job scams and how to protect yourself.


Hear Elsii Faria, Marketing Specialist for DRUHC, speak with Dena Chiarcossi on Rogers TV's "daytime" about job scams.



The Secret to Getting The Job That You Want Could Be FOCUS.



Rather than sending out hundreds of résumés to different employers, what would happen if you focused your energy and attention on one or two employers that you would really like to work for?


Decide what matters most to you in an employment opportunity. Is it location? Flexibility? Benefits? Security?


Do your research. Visit employer websites and zone in on the employers that you would like to work for.


Read more about using focus to get the job that you want.


Job Opportunities

- HVAC Mechanic

- Librarian

- Assistant Service Manager

- Project Engineer

- Plumber

- Treasury Accountant

- Administration Support

- Customer Service

- Human Resources Manager

- Dock Associate (PT)

- Office Manager

- Maintenance Millwright

- Delivery Driver

- Inventory Taker

- Automotive Technician

- Bridge Carpenter

- STUDENT Positions

- Medical Technologist

- Production Supervisor

- Lube Technician


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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A New Position

Former Whitby-Oshawa MPP has been assigned a new position.



Last summer, Christine Elliot resigned from politics. Recently, she was appointed as the first Patient Ombudsman in Canada.


Christine Elliot first joined politics to help improve the healthcare system. She looks forward to applying the experience that she gained as an MPP and Health Critic for the PC party. Christine Elliot has referred to the Patient Ombudsman position as a dream job.


She looks forward to helping resolve issues related to Hospitals, Community Care Access Centres and Long-Term Care Homes. Christine Elliot officially takes the post on July 1, 2016. Learn more.



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