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Welcome to 2018!


The New Year is an exciting time to focus on what you want and how you are going to get there.


If you are looking for work, use the energy of this time to establish career goals.


To quote American Radio Speaker and Author, Earl Nightingale, “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”


Our Employment Counsellors are here to help you determine or assess your career objective and work toward achieving your employment objectives.


Schedule an appointment to kick your employment plan in to high gear!


Goal Setting for the New Year

Did you know that January is the biggest job searching month of the year?



Since the New Year is all about new beginnings, it is no surprise that many people are looking for a new job or considering a change in career.

On average a person changes his/her job 10-15 times throughout their working lives.


Setting goals is the best way to realize your employment goals. Need some tips?


Try taking inventory of your skills, interests, achievements, volunteer work, etc.


Research career options by learning about the labour market and the types of jobs available.


Ask your friends about their work – you may choose to set-up a day to job shadow or look for volunteer positions in your field of interest.


Consider Continuing Education to grow your skills and gain you the certification that you may need to reach your goals.


Read "7 Tips for Setting Career Goals for the New Year".


Ready to Hire


We Have Employers Ready to Hire!



Do you have employment skills and/or work experience related to the following?


- Security

- Food Service

- Chef

- Cashier

- Childcare

- General Labour


Employers are contacting us daily to fill these and other employment vacancies.


If your résumé is not current, our staff will assist you in updating and tailoring your résumé.


Contact us by email or by phone to schedule your interview!


Oshawa: 905-5791821

Pickering: 905-420-4010


Where the Jobs Are

With a record number of unfulfilled jobs in Canada, the Labour Market provides many opportunities for job seekers.



Currently, there are more than 361,700 unfilled jobs in Canada according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).


At 5.9%, Canada's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the financial crisis of 2008-2009.


More than 390,000 net new jobs were added in 2017. The 2.1% increase is faster than the growth of the population.


British Columbia is leading the way with the highest job vacancy rate in Canada at 3.4%. A total of 60,100 jobs are available - the highest number of unfilled vacancies in the country.


Learn more by reading the Huffington Post article.


Canada 150 Skating Day


On December 10th, Canada 150 Skating Day was celebrated across the country.



DRUHC Senior Manager Sharon Neumann & Pickering Welcome Centre Manager Pam DeWilde


The City of Pickering and Durham Welcome Centres hosted a day of skating at the Pickering Recreation Complex.


More than 340 laced up their skates to join us for an afternoon of fun on the ice!


There were plenty of activities to keep people active on and off the ice including crafts and games. A popcorn and hot chocolate treat were enjoyed by all and Santa joined us all the way from the north pole.


Footage of the Skating Day was aired via RogersTV over the holiday season.


Employment Standards

On December 12th, the staff of the Pickering Welcome Centre for newcomers co-hosted an Employment Standards Information Session with the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, Employment Ontario Employment Services staff.



The session was facilitated by an Employment Standards Officer from the Ministry of Labour.


The Information Session covered topics related to hours of work, overtime, public holidays, minimum wage, etc. Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions on individual concerns.


The Employment Standards Officer provided helpful resources and reminded participants that they can find answers to their questions about employment standards on the Ministry’s website.


Click to view “The Employment Standards Top Ten”.



Starting January 1, 2018, infants, children and youth who have OHIP Coverage will receive free prescription medication.



OHIP+ makes 4,400 prescription drugs free for everyone under 24 years of age or younger.


All you need is an eligible prescription with a valid Ontario Health card number.


Learn more about OHIP+.


Charity of Choice - APBOT

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC) was this year's Ajax Pickering Board of Trade's Charity of Choice!



DRUHC Executive Director, Maralyn Tassone presents at the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade's 2017 Annual General Meeting.


In December, the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade held their Annual General Meeting and announced DRUHC as the Charity of Choice, inviting members to donate in support of DRUHC.



We are hiring!



Following are two of the positions currently available at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre:


- Employment Counsellor

- Case Manager


Job Opportunities

- Crane Replacement Operator

- Machine Operator - Night Shift

- Forklift Operator - Night Shift

- Mixing and Batching Operator

- Cabinet Maker

- Window Washer

- Driver / Helper - CSR

- Community Rehabilitation

- Construction Electrician


JOB FAIR - Production Associate Manufacturing

Jan 10, 2018 from 10am - 2pm

DRUHC - 272 King St E, Oshawa


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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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.



Working while on ODSP can improve well-being, help build confidence and skills, leading to greater ability and independence.



Even if you are working, you will receive health, dental and vision care benefits if you are receiving income support from ODSP.


More Money

You can now earn up to $200/month without affecting your ODSP.


Click to learn how the changes to ODSP can help you improve your quality of life.








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