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The Labour Force landscape has changed dramatically.


A low unemployment rate in the Durham Region means that there are plenty of opportunities available right here in our area.


Being informed will help you find the right opportunity. Utilize the many resources available to help you navigate career choices, including the webpage, Job Market Trends and News.


We can help you with a Back-to-Work Action Plan.


Book an appointment and visit us on-site for a one-on-one employment counselling session.


Many Jobs Available

With nearly 400,000 vacant jobs in Canada, there has never been a better time to look for work.



Following labour market trends can help job seekers understand where to find short, medium and long-term opportunities.


Visit the Government of Canada's Job Bank website for Job Market Trends and News about significant trends that may influence the labour force across Canada.


Search by a specific news event type, sector or region.


View the webpage.


Low Unemployment Rate


Did you know that low unemployment can be bad for the economy?



In a recent durhamregion.com article, Heather McMillan, Executive Director of the Durham Workforce Authority states why.


The Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) - including Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington - is at a low unemployment rate of 4.9% for the general population. The youth rate is at 11.9%.


The typical rate of unemployment for this area is 6%.


At 6%, employers are able to find workers and workers move through the labour force.


At a low unemployment rate, the labour market tightens. Employers site difficulty in finding workers and specific skill sets.


This may result in increasing wages to attract workers which leads to wage inflation.


Read the durhamregion.com article "Zero unemployment is a bad thing".


How to Cancel an Interview

When looking for work, you may need to cancel or reschedule a job interview - how you do it could burn a bridge or leave a good impression.



Scheduling interviews can be a complex process.


Be considerate. When candidates cancel appointments with little or no warning, it can affect the schedule of many individuals including hiring managers, HR staffers, recruiters and other candidates.


Use social intelligence skills to keep relationships intact. You never know when a connection might help your future career.


Notice - Try to give at least 24 hr notice.


Make it brief - State the purpose of your correspondence, e.g. to cancel or reschedule. Always thank them for the opportunity and apologize for the cancellation or rescheduling, it is always good to give an explanation, e.g. I have accepted another offer.


Call - Make a phone call. It is more personable than text or email.


Apologize - An apology will show that you are considerate of the hiring manager's time.


Learn more in the Dice article "The Right Way to Cancel a Job Interview".


DRUHC in the Community



Representatives of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre are often in the community offering workshops to job seekers and delivering presentations to employers.



Last month we were at the Ajax Public Library to help job seekers better understand strategies, business perspectives and the next steps related to the

challenging job search process.


See you at one of our locations or in the community!


Workshops for Job Seekers

We have many types of workshops, each one designed to help job seekers at different stages in their job search.



Our workshops are designed to improve your employment opportunities and to provide information on government programs to assist you in upgrading your skills/education.


View a listing of the Workshops and Training available at our locations. To view upcoming events, click on the Events Calendar.


OSAP Info Session


Planning on going to University or College?



Find out more about applying for financial assistance through Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).


A Guest Speaker from Durham College will be at the Pickering Welcome Centre to discuss OSAP; eligibility, application process, loan amount, repayment, etc.


Thursday June 21, 2018

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Pickering Welcome Centre


Click to view the flyer. Register by phone or email to attend.

Phone: 1-877-761-1155 or call Ana at 905-420-3607


Email: pkanagal@cdcd.org


Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

Path to Newcomers Success

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's new program to help newcomers find employment is underway!



Path to Newcomers Success (PNS) is an employment program for newcomers including refugees, refugee claimants, and permanent residents who are unemployed and eligible to work in Canada.


PNS helps participants prepare for the workplace and find employment through language and pre-employment training.


Eligible participants have low-level English proficiency and are willing to accept entry-level positions that do not require strong English language skills.


The next session of the Path to Newcomers Success program will take place July 9-20, 2018 at the Pickering Welcome Centre.


For registration and program information, click here.


Kindergarten Parent Survey

Are you a Durham Region parent of a Junior (year 1) or Senior (year 2) Kindergarten student?



Please share your opinions to
help inform early learning programs in Durham Region.


When you complete the survey by June 15, your name will be
entered into a draw to win one of twenty $50 gift cards to the
grocery store of your choice.


Click to complete the survey.


Job Opportunities


- Assistant Team Leader

- General Maintenance

- Injection Moulding Operator

- Home Maintenance Person

- Shelter Service Agent

- Veterinary Technician Assistant


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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Upcoming Elections - Vote!



On June 7, 2018, a new Ontario Government will be determined by voters.



The 42nd Parliament of Ontario, comprised of 124 people, will be selected to form the provincial government.


Global News has put together answers to the questions that Ontarians are asking about the voting process including:

  • How/when do I vote?
  • Can I mail in my vote?
  • What do I do if I have a disability?
  • Who can vote?
  • What ID do I need?
  • Do I need to register before I vote?
  • Can I take time off work to vote?

Go to "Ontario election 2018: How, when and where to vote" for more information.


Undecided? Try the Vote Compass to find the political party that aligns your values.








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