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For many September is a time to start again - to advance to another level, gain knowledge and develop skills.


The labour market has changed - it is common for workers to change jobs every few years.


As job seekers, it is important to keep up with the latest information about the job market and the skills required to succeed in the new economy.


This issue of Employment E-News explores personal attributes and characteristics that may predict future success.


Tap into your passion, find the strength to perservere beyond the challenges and develop the solution-based mind set that you need to survive today's economy!

Work is Changing in Ontario

Ontario’s "Changing Workplaces Review" Interim Report is Now Available!



The Ontario Government recently issued an independent review seeking recommendations for legislative change of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA).


The review is the first to focus on the changes required to two acts.


The goal is to address needed changes in unionized and non-unionized work environments.


Many were keen to participate in the "Changing Workplaces Review" - the government received more than 300 written submissions and heard from more than 200 organizations and individuals.


Stakeholders, citizens and experts participated in 12 days of hearings held by the Ontario government.


The "Changing Workplaces Review" Interim report is intended to identify issues and the suggested recommendations for change.


Interested parties will have the opportunitfy to make further submissions. Read more.


Immigration in Durham


DID YOU KNOW that immigration is a significant catalyst for growth in the GTA?



Between 2006-2011, amost two-thirds of population growth in the Greater Toronto Area resulted from immigration.


The Durham Region accounts for 10% of the GTA population and approximately 97% of residents hold Canadian Citizenship.


According to Durham Region Immigration Stats (2011), following are some the origins of Durham Region residents:


Europe 70.6%
North America 32.3%
Asia 12.8%
Caribbean 6.6%

Immigration Roundtable

The government is conferring with various stakholders to help plan for the future of immigration in Canada, including the number of newcomers Canada welcomes each year.


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Arif Virani, invited Jennifer O’Connell, MP, Pickering, Uxbridge; Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's Executive Director, Maralyn Tassone; Pickering Welcome Centre Manager, Pamela DeWilde; political and other community representatives to participate in this important roundtable discussion.


On twitter, Minister Arif Virani tweeted:

"New ideas in #DurhamRegion on access to data, family reunification and simplifying the process. #talkCdnImm"


Stay Tuned!


Collaborative Education


This past Spring, Durham College announced that the provincial government is providing $22 million in funding toward the construction of the Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) at the Oshawa campus.



According to Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, MPP Reza Moridi, the funding represents the largest investment since 1967 - when the college first opened its doors.


The new three-storey CFCE building will be home to innovative and cutting-edge Durham College programs and will connect local, indigenous and global communities. The new building will replace the aging Simcoe building which was originally built in 1969 as a temporary structure.


The construction of the new facility is a legacy project tied to DC’s 50th anniversary in 2017.


Read about the new CFCE.


Where Does Success Start?

After years of teaching, Angela Duckworth felt that education and learning should be explored from a motivational and psychological perspective.



Angela left teaching to become a psychologist and consistently explored the following question in several settings with adults and children:


Who is successful and why?


The studies revealed that the most significant predictor of success is not IQ, social intelligence, or good looks. The one single most important characteristic that determined individual success is GRIT.


Angela defines grit as having the passion and perserverance to achieve long term goals.


"Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."


Learn more about GRIT here.


Watch the Ted Talk with Angela Duckworth.


Habits of Successful Youth


We hear stories about young entrepreneurs that have hit the big time in business... but how do they do it?



Many have studied their habits in an attempt to help others who would like to follow a similar path.


While nothing is guaranteed, following are some suggestions:


Assess Your Actions and Priorities Daily

Seek New Experiences


Set Clear Goals


Don’t be Afraid to Leap


Evaluate Your Strengths and Weaknesses


Be On the Look Out for Opportunities


Good luck!


Focus on Solutions

Andrew Mupuya, a young boy from Uganda, was only 16 years old when both of his parents lost their jobs.



In order to cover his school fees, he took matters into his own hands.


With only $14 and an ecological vision to make Africa cleaner, Andrew started a business to address the needs of business owners.


He made the decision to start the company when officials announced that a ban on plastic bags was being considered. Andrew saw an opportunity - to replace plastic bags with paper.


He conducted feasibility studies, engaged in market research and discovered that there was indeed a need for paper bags.


He is now 21 years old, an award-winning entrepreneur, and considered the Paper Bag King.


At his company, YELI, his employees manually turn out thousands of paper bags daily.


His biggest challenge is that he is only able to meet 5% of the demand for his products!


Watch a CNN video with Andrew Mupuya.

Shop Smart for School


Are you returning to school? Do you have children returning to school?



Here are some tips to make Back to School Shopping affordable:


Take Inventory

You may find that you have the clothes and supplies that you need without shopping for more.


Buy Later

Wait a couple of weeks after school has started to take advantage of sales.


Buy Quality

Durable, neutral and long lasting items go a long way.


Thrift Shops

Find barely used high quality and name brand items for less.


Don't forget to stick to a budget!


No Fees - Childcare Waitlist

In order to improve accessibility of child care and make life easier for families, the Ontario government has filed a regulation to end fees for child care wait lists.



As of September 1, 2016, licensed child care centres and home child care agencies will be prevented from charging fees or requiring deposits to join child care wait lists.


Licensed child care providers must also adhere to the new regulatory amendments:


- Develop a clear Public Wait List Policy


- Communicate Wait List Status


New amendments and regulations were developed in response to public consulations that took place from May - June, 2016.


Learn more about the end of childcare waitlist fees.

Job Opportunities


- Renovator, Experienced


- Optometrist Receptionist


- Salesperson


- Business Development - Sales


- Cabinet Installer & Designer


- Construction - Carpenter


- Construction - Labourer


- Relief Superintendant


- Computer Programmer



Note: The Job Opportunities listed may expire throughout the month.


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


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Prepared Meals


Wondering what to do on a rainy day? Make meals in advance to save time and money in the future!



Before you start, get a sense of the type of meals that you would like to prepare. Will you be freezing individual or family-sized portions or both?


Soups, stews and casseroles are good options. Take advantage of the September harvest for low-cost vegetables - cauliflower was up to $6 and is now selling for as low as $1.50!


Plan your recipes and ensure that you have the ingredients and the containers that you need. Enlist support from your family and go to it!


When you are pressed for time or you want to save money, simply de-thaw and serve! Cooking many meals at once can help you cut down your cleaning time later.


Making meals ahead of time is also a great way to ensure that you and your family are getting nutritious meals at a lower cost.


Click to view suggestions for Make-Ahead Meals.



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