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It's summer and there are still plenty of seasonal and summer job opportunities available as well as part time and full time employment.

According to Stats Canada:  
As a nation, we are experiencing record low unemployment rates, the number of Employment Insurance recipients has decreased dramatically.


The number of EI beneficiaries in April, 2018 was at its lowest level since comparable data became available in 1997.


There were notable declines in 8 of the 15 provincial Central Metropolitan Areas (CMAs), led by Windsor (-7.1%), London (-6.7%) and Oshawa (-6.6%).


Oshawa’s three-month average was the second lowest in Ontario, topped only by Guelph at 4.7%.

A 3-4% unemployment rate is considered ideal for the economy, we are getting close to this. However, the low unemployment rate does present a challenge for employers. Many, especially in the service and transportation industry, are reporting having problems finding workers to meet their hiring needs. 


This is the optimum time to increase your job search activities.


Find out how we can help you achieve your career goals during this time of unprecedented growth.


Hot Summer Student Jobs

According to a report by Indeed Canada, job postings have increased by 15% compared to the same time last year.



The following summer job titles were ranked by posting volume on Indeed Canada. They are some of the summer's hottest jobs:


Student Assistant


Customer Service Representative

Summer Associate


Camp Counsellor

Sales Representative



Maintenance Person


Read the Global News article for more on this year's most wanted jobs.


Jobs are still out there. We can help you find them. Join a Youth Employment Program or schedule an appointment with an Employment Counsellor for more information.


Election Officials Wanted

The City of Oshawa is hiring election officials for the municipal elections in October.


There are 550 opportunities available.


Apply on-line, on paper or at a Job Fair.


Click to view the flyer from the City of Oshawa.


Youth Employment Tips

Every job you have is an opportunity to build your reputation, establish connections and grow your skills and confidence.



Strategize your job search to find work that helps you advance your career goals.


Here are some job search tips:


Look for a job that matches your interests, skill set and capabilities.


Customize your résumé to match the requirements of the position.


Let people know you are looking for work and the kind of work that you're looking for.


If you are dropping off a résumé, attending a job fair or participating in an interview - dress as though you are dressing for the job.


Practice self care - eat nutritiously, sleep eight hours/day and find time to relax.


Be on-time for interviews. If you are unable to attend, call in advance to cancel.


Be polite, respectful and considerate - don't burn bridges.


Show enthusiasm, demonstrate responsibility and be yourself.


Learn more about summer student job tips through a Workopolis.com article.


Wishing Sharon the Best!

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that after so many years of service to DRUHC Sharon Neumann, Senior Manager, has chosen to pursue new challenges and new career opportunities.



It is hard to even begin to think of our agency without Sharon especially in the Pickering area. 


Sharon has been with our agency since February 1999, throughout the years she has been a driving force in the success of the agency and an incredible ambassador for DRUHC.  


Free Job Search Workshops

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre offers many workshops and computer training classes designed to assist you in your job search.



We have a new workshop for experienced workers and several workshops for youth. For descriptions of our workshops, click here.


Please view the Event Calendar to view the current workshops available at our Oshawa and Pickering locations.


Pre-Settlement Tools

The Settlement Process can begin before migrating to Canada.



Pre-arrival settlement services for newcomers are available.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funds a variety of pre-arrival programs to help migrants feel prepared and confident prior to arrival. Click to learn more.


The Durham Immigration Portal is a fantastic online resource for people new to the Durham Region.


Find information on housing, education, food, recreation, culture and more by clicking here.


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 locations in the Durham Region.


1400 Bayly Street, Unit 5, Pickering, ON
(Across from Pickering GO Station)

Phone: 1-877-761-1155


458 Fairall Street, Unit 5, Ajax, ON
(Across from Ajax GO Station)

Phone: 1-877-761-1155


Canada's Population

During the first quarter of 2018, Canada’s population surpassed 37 million people.



In two years and two months, Canada's population rose by more 1 million people - from 36 to 37 million+.


This is the shortest length of time recorded for an increase of this magnitude.


The main source of population growth is sited as International migration. Click for more insight via Statistics Canada.

Growth in Oshawa

According to the City of Oshawa's 2018 Community Profile, Oshawa set 10 building records in one year and issued over $600M in building permits.


Offering a capacity for 35,000 new residents, Oshawa is home to 3 thriving educational institutions - Durham College, UOIT and Trent University Durham - with a student population of more than 25,000 students.


Oshawa also has the highest projected 2018 GDP growth in Ontario.


Access the City of Oshawa's Community Profile.

Healthy Schools Award

Several Schools in Durham Region received a 2017-2018 Healthy School Awards.



According to Linda Cassin, a public health nurse with Durham Region Health Department:


"Education and health are closely linked."


Read about the benefits here.


Tourism at Home

There is so much to see and explore in the Durham Region... at low or no cost.



The Durham Tourism's 2018 Discovery Guide helps you explore the unique tourism destinations and attractions in Durham Region.


View 2018 Discovery Guide.


Job Opportunities

- Customer Service Reps

- Field Placement Officer

- Postal Clerk

- Warehouse Sorter

- Replenishment Clerk

- Delivery Person

- Auto Parts Delivery Driver


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


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EI - A Record Low




According to Statistics Canada, the number of Employment Insurance Recipients has fallen to the lowest level in 21 years.


Coinciding with the national employment rate, the reduction in EI beneficiaries was reflected in every province. Read more.







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