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Welcome to the New Year! As you focus on resolutions, consider what you want to have changed in your life by 2020.


How does that impact your career choice and career upgrading? What are the key activities that you need to focus on in order to make your resolutions a reality?


We help many people gain the employment that they need to make a real difference in their lives and in the community.


If you need job search assistance or you know someone who does, please contact us. We can help you develop an action plan!


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 career opportunities that align with your career goal, experience and skill set


– Gain an understanding of the local labour market


– Receive support in the application process

– Access information on funding supports to offset training and living expenses; based on eligibility


Attend a Second Career Information Session or speak with an Employment Counsellor about applying.


Click to view tips for job search if you are over the age of 40.


Money for Your Children

Did you know that can get up to $2,000 in free education money for your children through the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)?



More than 36,000 children in the Durham Region are eligible for the CLB – that's over $70 million in free money for post-secondary education! Based on Eligibility:


Simply open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and the Government will deposit $500.


You don't have to put any of your money into the plan to get this money from the Government of Canada!


Up to $1,500 more is available by the time your child is 15 years of age.


Don't miss this opportunity!


Children with savings for future education are over three times more likely to participate in post-secondary education.


Click to learn more.


Soft Skills for Youth


Are you a young person looking for work?



According to a study released by Civic Action, jobs in retail, health, banking or IT are good places to start.


Across the board, the most sought-after skills that employers are looking for are soft skills including communication, teamwork, empathy and problem-solving. Unfortunately, those skills are in short supply.


At the top of the list is communication. No matter how much technology changes, the ability to communicate effectively will never become outdated.


Learning to communicate effectively can have a positive impact on a young person's career. Click to read tips for communicating effectively.


Youth Employment Stats:

In November, Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate for young Canadians aged 15-24 is 10.8 while the national average is 5.6.


Across Canada, more than 860,000 youth are not working, studying or in some form of training. This has a negative long-term impact on both young people and society.


Affordable Housing

Affordable housing solutions in the Durham Region lead to better socio-economic outcomes.



With access to affordable housing people are generally more productive, healthier and contribute to the local economy through spending.


Learn about At Home in Durham – the Durham Region Housing Plan for the next ten years (2014-2024).


Bill 47 – Repeal Bill 148

On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47) passed.



Bill 47 repeals or rewrites parts of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) introduced by the previous Ontario Liberal government.


Bill 47 will be in effect on January 1, 2019. Due to Bill 47, the minimum wage will remain at $14/hr and will not be raised to $15/hour as previously scheduled. Click here to learn how you might be impacted by Bill 47.



Job Search Workshops



Are you new to Canada? Ready to start your job search?


Job Search Workshops (JSW) program assists Newcomers / Immigrants in gaining knowledge and skills to better understand strategies, business perspectives and next steps relating to the job search process.


Learn what Canadian employers want newcomers to know about finding a job in Canada. Read the JSW Flyer.



UOIT - Brilliant Catalyst


UOIT launched Brilliant Catalyst, a new gateway to entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn more.


Path to Newcomers Success

In November 2018, the third group of Path to Newcomers Success (PNS) program participants graduated successfully.



The PNS program has really made a difference for those who have participated.


Half of the program participants have secured employment and staff continue to provide employment support for those seeking work.


The Path to Newcomers Success program is currently registering clients for the fourth session.


The next session starts January 21 and ends on February 1, 2019.


Please connect with Qahar Andisha for more information:


Tel: 905-420-3008

Email: qandisha@unemployedhelp.on.ca

Durham College & Tech

Durham College Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) was recently awarded $2.24 million.



A large portion of the funds ($2 million) will be applied over a five-year period to enhance Durham College’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, otherwise known as the AI Hub.


Read the Oshawa Express article.


Did you know? It is projected that AI will add $16 trillion to the global economy by 2030!



#BeYouYouBelong is a new campaign designed to help parents of children under 6 years of age connect to programs and services in their regions.



#BeYouYouBelong was initiated by the Ajax Pickering Early Childhood Development Coalition and lead by the Durham Public Health Department.


Check out local programs and services that support your child's healthy development.


Follow Durham Healthy Families on Facebook and Twitter or call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.


Durham Region Lifestyle

Less than an hour’s drive from Toronto, the Durham Region is a well-known area with a well-desired lifestyle!



Discover and explore in our backyard – a wonderful mix of urban excitement and country charm.


No matter the season, Durham Region is full of attractions and experiences all year long – from festivals, live music and fairs.


Click to view the Durham Tourism website.


Cell Phones and Driving

Drivers caught using a handheld device will be fined up to $1,000 — more than double the 2018 fine. Additional penalties include a three-day license suspension and three demerit points. For a second conviction within five years, the maximum fine rises to $2,000, plus six demerit points and a seven-day driver's license suspension. Drivers with a graduated license will also face a:


- 30-day license suspensions for a first conviction,


- 90-day license suspensions for a second conviction,


- license cancellations for a third conviction


Job Opportunities

- Youth Job Connection Mentor

- Cabinet Maker

- Cake and Pastry Decorator

- Cable TV Installation Tech


Connect With Us


This Employment Ontario project is funded by the Government of Ontario.


Proudly serving the Durham Region since 1983.


Cannabis Cautions



Although cannabis is now legal in Canada, caution should be exercised.


A guest speaker on a recent CBC program indicated that ordering marijuana on-line with credit or debit card can be tracked and may result in being barred from entering the USA for life.

If a person wishes to purchase cannabis, the speaker advised to wait for a physical location and pay in cash.


There are concerns for permanent residents, visitors, international students and temporary workers to Canada as well. Tough new rules for impaired driving and marijuana-related crimes could result in serious legal and immigration consequences.


Click for information related to permanent residents. Click for information related to visitors, international students and temporary workers.







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