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The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre has always been committed to servicing changing Labour Market needs.


We work toward achieving provincial and federal employment objectives and proactively create and deliver programs in support of government goals and Labour Market trends.


We empower job seekers with knowledge and information about the changing labour market and the attributes they will need to succeed.


We ensure job seekers are aware of and able to access government programs to assist them in gaining the skills they need to achieve their employment goals.


DRUHC's Employment Specialists work with employers to match skilled job ready employees and when eligible access government funded programs to offset the initial cost of hiring and training employees.


Contact us to learn how you can benefit and grow your business thanks to support from government funded programs and services.

Labour Market Forecast

“There is a looming demographic and labour market crises which has the potential to shake the very foundations of our society."1



As ‘baby boomers’ move into retirement, we will continue to experience a growing labour shortage. The Conference Board of Canada states there is a ratio of 4:1 workers to retirees today, by 2035 the ratio will drop to 2:1.

How will Canada close the gap between labour force demand and a skilled work force? Rick Miner, Labour Market Expert, advises that “there is a surplus in the midst of the shortage and proposes the following solutions:


Increased involvement of women
Increased involvement of older workers (55+ yrs)
Increased involvement of youth (15-24yrs)

Increased immigration of younger skilled workers
Increased involvement of Aboriginals
Increased involvement of persons with disabilities

Increase Canadian literacy rates

Increase workplace training


Tune in next month to hear Maralyn Tassone, Executive Director for DRUHC, speak about Canada's Labour Market Future.


  1. ‘People Without Jobs Jobs Without People Canada’s Labour Market Future’, Rick Miner PhD, Miner Management Consultants, 03-2010

Employment Ontario


The Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development (MAESD) has set targets and clear expectations that Employment Ontario service providers work to meet the hiring needs of employers while increasing the quality of living for marginalized workers and increasing opportunities for all.



MAESD has allocated funds for intense pre-employment support to youth to remove or overcome the barriers to work.


MAESD has  allocated funds through the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG) to offset employer cost of training new and existing employees to meet the specialized skill need of employers.


Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides settlement funds to support newcomers to secure gainful employment and through

The Mentoring Partnership (TMP) to match internationally trained professional with established Canadian professionals thereby opening networks and hopefully employment opportunities.


The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre will work to raise the bar over the upcoming years to effectively build on outreach and connections with the ‘untapped/ under resourced’ labour force as our employment counsellors meet individually with job seekers to develop effective job search skills and tools.


DRUHC's five full time job developers proactively seek employment opportunities on a daily basis.


Ontario Trillium Foundation

Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre Received $197,900 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant for The Mentoring Partnership Program

  • (L to R) Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe; Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre Executive Director, Maralyn Tassone; Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre Board of Directors President, William Hartford

On Friday, local MPP Lorne Coe stopped by the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre’s (DRUHC) 33rd AGM. One of the highlights of the meeting was officially announcing how a three-year, $197,900 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, made earlier this year, will make a big difference for DRUHC’s The Mentorship Program (TMP). Funds from the grant will enable the group to hire an additional Mentoring Coach for The Mentoring Partnership, which is offered at all of DRUHC’s locations.


The Mentoring Partnership is the initiative of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TMP brings together Internationally Trained Skilled Newcomers and Established Professionals in Occupation-Specific Mentoring Relationships. Mentors assist mentees in building a professional network, gaining local knowledge and understanding of workplace culture.

Executive Director of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, Maralyn Tassone, provided a brief overview of the increased DRUHC service to internationally trained professionals thanks to the Ontario Trillium Grant. Beth Clarke, TRIEC Director of Employer Programs, outlined during her speech The Mentoring Partnership program and the positive service impact to newcomers to Canada.


Click to view Channel 12 TV Segment.


Read the Media Release.


USA Election Impact


How will the US Election impact Canada? Is Canada prepared?



The transfer of power in the United States, Canada's neighbour and largest trading partner, could indeed have a tremendous impact on Canada.


The Canadian government has begun a comprehensive exercise to plan and map out the wide-ranging results and outcomes of the election.


Part of the strategy of the Canadian government is to seek allies in each political camp.


Among the major issues related to Canada's relationship to the US is the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Keystone XL Bid.


Read a CBC news article to learn more.

Pickering Welcome Centre

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre is proud to be the lead partner for the 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 information and resources. Essential services include language assessment and training, settlement counselling and employment supports.


Starting next month, we will feature a Pickering Welcome Centre (PWC) event, activity, service or program in each edition of Employment E-News.


If you are a newcomer or know someone who is, please visit or contact the Pickering Welcome Centre at 1400 Bayly Street, Unit 5, Pickering
(Across from Pickering GO Station). PWC is open Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Call Toll-Free: 1-877-761-1155 or Direct: 905-420-3607.


Meet the Manager of the Pickering Welcome Centre, Pam DeWilde. She is motivated by a strong desire to make Durham Region a welcoming and inclusive place for newcomers, their families and friends. Click to learn more about Pam.

Youth Survey


Are you under 30? Looking for work? Help find solutions to the Youth unemployment rate in the Durham Region. Take the survey "Durham Under 30".



The survey was initiated by the Durham Workforce Authority in response to a steepening youth unemployment rate in the Oshawa Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).


"Results compiled from the survey’s data helps to inform local employers and educational institutions in making better employment, training and program planning decisions."1


Click to take the survey.


What Employers Need

What Employers Need: Skills for Tomorrow



To effectively shape the future of the local economy and better understand the workforce skills needs of employers in the Durham Region, feedback from Durham Region employers is essential and invaluable.


All businesses are encouraged to take a short 10-15 minute survey that is being conducted on behalf of the Durham Workforce Authority (DWA) - Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC).


Complete the survey and a complimentary copy of the report will be sent to you once it becomes available. At the end of the survey, you will also have the opportunity to enter your name into the draw for a $500 gift card towards Durham College Continuing Education Courses.


If you are an employer, complete the survey here.


Job Opportunities


PT Security Guard

FT Security Guard

Security Guard

Telemarketing Recruiters

Customer Service Representative

Graphic Designer and Production Specialist

Keys To Us - Team Drivers

Child Care - RECEs and ECAs

Accounting/Administrative Assistant

Warehouse Assistant/Assembler



Customer Service

Customer Contact Agent

Cleaning Specialists

General Labourer

Mig and Tig Welder

Office Administrator


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


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Farm Boy Opening


Earlier this year, the rapidly expanding Farm Boy™ chain announced that Pickering would be home to the newest destination for Farm Boy, proudly dedicated to providing a unique and friendly fresh food shopping experience.



Farm Boy has opened a location in the west wing of Pickering Town Centre.


It is a 25,000 sq. ft. facility bringing 150 new jobs to the area.


The Pickering location is Farm Boy’s 22nd location and the seventh store in Southern Ontario.


Farm Boy carries locally sourced foods, many varieties of fresh produce, natural and organic foods and unique specialty items.


Farm Boy opened at the end of September.



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