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Warmer temperatures are just around the corner... now is the time to look for Seasonal and Summer Student employment.


And there are plenty of seasonal and summer students positions available... find out about them in this newsletter. Apply now to avoid dissapointment later!


In this issue, we feature information that outlines some of the benefits and draw-backs of contract work and explore resources and services available in the Durham Region to help accelerate and launch small businesses.


In addition to assisting young people find employment through Youth Job Connection, the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre will be offering Youth Job Link - a program to help young people gain career assistance.


Learn about Youth Job Link by scheduling an appointment with an Employment Counsellor!


Happy Spring!

Seasonal Solutions

Seasonal employment presents a great opportunity to earn extra income and get your foot in the door.



Tap into your skills and your interests. Take a look at some common temporary positions available during the spring and summer.


Tax Preparation - Many large Tax Firms are on a hiring spree from January until April. If you are good with numbers and accounting, this may be a good option to explore.


Construction - Hone your construction skills and abilities! Construction offers valuable work experience and often pays well.


Landscaping - Many employers and individuals are in need of landscaping workers during the warm season. If landscaping is something you are good at, target a business you would like to work for or consider starting your own business.


Hotel and Service Industry - The summer is generally a busy time for the hotel and service industry. Be sure to list restaurant and service experience on your résumé!


Outdoor Education and Recreation - Do you find office or factory work limiting? Take a look at some of the positions available in the great outdoors!


Be sure to check out some of the seasonal opportunities listed in this month's Job Opportunities Section!


Summer Student Work


Employers are looking for students to fill summer positions!



Summer employment presents a great opportunity to test the waters in your field of interest, gain valuable work experience, network and improve the opportunity to land a job once you are finished school.


Don't miss your chance - deadlines are approaching quickly! Ensure that you are prepared.


Read our blog, "Summer Job Search Starts NOW" for tips on landing the job that you want.


Click to view job opportunities.

Youth Job Link

Youth Job Link (YJL) will soon be available through the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.



Youth Job Link is a program for youth, including students, between the ages of 15 and 29.


Through this program, youth gain access to employment and career resources and information.


Contact us to schedule an appointment with an Employment Counsellor for more information.



As the Labour Market continues to shift towards contract work and work on-demand, individuals are realizing the benefits of owning their own business.


The BACD is a great resource in the Durham Region for helping launch and accelerate small business.

BACD provides one on one consultation as well as educational seminars and workshops to help small business acquire skills and knowledge to effectively manage and grow their businesses.


Need help with your business?

Visit the BACD website for more information.


Contract Work

Contract Work has become a popular option for employers who are looking to hire.



Being hired through a contract basically means that the position that you are offered is for a specified duration - e.g. 6 months, 1 year, etc.


Although job seekers generally seek permanent, full-time opportunities, pursuing contract work is a viable career choice.


Click to learn the some of the benefits and what to watch out for when seeking contract work.


Accessibility in Durham


More than 70,000 people in the Durham Region have some form of disability.



Through various services and programs, the Durham Region has sought to change stigmas and stereotypes regarding people with disabilities.


Physical barriers have also been addressed by lowering reception counters, installing automatic doors, accessible ramps and pedestrian signals.


In a continuous effort to remove barriers for individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities, the Regional Municipality of Durham provides comprehensive information related to accessibility on their website.


Learn more here.


Dancing Barista

Sam has autism. His dream was to be a Barista but he was told that he would never be employable. He met an employer who thought differently and the unexpected happened...



Chris, a Manager at a Starbucks location in Toronto, gave Sam a job as a Barista.


Due to his autistic condition, Sam uses dancing and movement as a means to concentrate on making drinks and focus on the work routine.


A video of Sam dancing while working went viral on YouTube with more than 800,000 views.


Ellen Degeneres caught wind of Chris and Sam and welcomed them to her television show.


Chris helped Sam turn his disability into ability. He reports that Sam's confidence and ability to work independently has improved dramatically.


Watch the inspiring segment on Ellen.


Job Opportunities

- Drywaller

- LINC CNC Coordinator

- Lot Attendant, RV

- General Manager

- Truck Driver

- Fleet Program Administrator

- Warehouse/Customer Service

- General Labourer



- Cashiers

- Lawn Care Specialist

- Receiver/In-Store Marketer

- Seasonal Labourer

- Installer, Vinyl Pools

- Seasonal Associate (PT)

- Home Depot Career Event

- Farm Labourer

- Garden Centre


Summer Student

- Regional Municipality of Durham

- City of Oshawa

- Ajax Youth

- City of Pickering

- Town of Whitby

- MPAC - Accounting Rep


- Summer Camp Unit Head

- Theatre Coach / Day Camp

- GM Canada

- Abilities Centre

- Optimist Club of Brooklin


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

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Guaranteed Annual Income?

What is a Guaranteed Annual Income? Would it work in Canada? The government is exploring this option.



A Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) guarantees that all citizens have a basic minimum income provided that certain conditions are met.


The goal is to reduce poverty by ensuring that individuals and families have a sufficient income to live on.


During a recent presentation at the House of Commons, Evelyn Forget, a Health Economist at the University of Manitoba, spoke about the benefits of a guaranteed annual income (GAI) and how it could take the place of complicated social assistance programs.


Evelyn Forget indicated that a GAI in Canada should be in the neighbourhood of $18,000/year. Switzerland is currently exploring a similar model.


Read more here and share your thoughts through email.



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