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It's that time again!


September is here - students are returning to school and job seekers are getting serious about their job search.


Whether you are accepting your first position, planning on attending university or looking into a new career, research can help you make the right choices.


In this newsletter - learn about labour market shortages and tuition waivers. Visit us for assistance!


Negotiating Starting Salary

Negotiating a salary can be an intimidating process for job seekers - even more so for a new graduate with little experience.



Learning negotiating skills, however, can help you throughout the course of your career.


Research your role, responsibilities and know your worth in the graduate jobs market.


According to research from U.S. financial firm, NerdWallet, 74% of employers indicate that they are able to increase their offer by 5-10% during the initial hiring stage but only 38% of new graduates are engaging in negotiations.


It doesn't have to be all about salary either. You may consider negotiating for a more flexible work schedule or health benefits.


Learn more by reading: 5 Tips for New College Grads to Negotiate Salary.


Laurentian Tuition Waiver

At Laurentian University, youth in extended society care are eligible to apply for full tuition exemption for courses.



The program, first approved in 2012, is available again this year. It will support students who are pursuing their first post-secondary degree, full-time or part-time.

A Laurentian grad and former youth-in-care student, Jane Kovarikova, championed the initiative.


Jane states: “Post-secondary credentials have made it possible for the few of us who were lucky to achieve our goals. Most of us simply don’t have the same opportunities.“

Click for information and eligibility about this program at Laurentian.


Ontario Universities Fair

Twenty-one Ontario universities will be together in one place at Canada’s largest educational fair.



More than 130,000 students, parents and educators will be in Toronto for the 3-day event this fall.


From September 27-29, learn about Ontario Universities at the Metro Convention Centre

from 10:00am-5:00pm. Admission is free!


Take this opportunity to ask questions, attend presentations and do research on which universities offer courses that align with your field of interest.


If you can’t make it to the Ontario University Fair, attend one of the many Regional Fairs happening throughout Ontario. Click for more information about the Ontario Universities Fair.


Cyber Security Jobs In Demand

Cyber Security roles have never been more in demand!



Data breaches are becoming more common and can cost an average of $3.62 million according to a 2017 report. For any sized company data breaches are an imminent threat and very expensive, including the cost of loss of credibility.


It is no wonder that the need for cyber security experts are on the rise.


In the United States it is estimated that 40,000 Information Security Analyst positions go unfilled. Employers are also having difficulty finding skilled workers for another 200,000 cyber security related roles.


The huge demand and shortage of talent translates into higher income for those in the information security field - often a premium of $6500/year above already well paid IT positions.


If you choose to learn this skill set, you could be guaranteed a lucrative career in a growing field. 


Read an indeed blog on cyber security.


Certified Threat Intelligence

Last month, CISO Forum Canada, an international Information Security event was held in Niagara Falls. The Durham Region was amply represented!



Students and faculty of Durham College's Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) and the AI Hub helped organize the dynamic event. Representatives from the City of Oshawa, Town of Ajax and Town of Whitby participated in panel discussions throughout the 2-day conference.


During the forum, Durham College President, Don Lovisa, announced a new cyber security training workshop in October - Certified Threat Intelligence Analyst (CTIA). The workshop is being offered for the first time in Canada by Durham College in partnership with the Town of Ajax, siberX and EC-COUNCIL. Visit http://durhamcollege.ca/ctia for details and instructions to register.


View the Global News video about the CTIA training course.


Durham College further affirmed its commitment to cyber sercuity by announcing that the Global CyberLympics are coming to the Durham Region!


Read the story here.


MPP Visits Welcome Centre

Recently Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge visited the Pickering Welcome Centre.



He states: “As the child of immigrants, I know first hand the value people from around the world can bring to Canada and how Canada can help them.“ Thank you for the visit!


Skilled Labour Migration

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)*, Canada has the largest numbers and the most elaborate and longest-standing skilled labour migration system of the 36 countries that comprise the OECD.



As a result of many decades of managed labour migration, more than one in five people in Canada is foreign-born, one of the highest shares in the OECD. 60% of Canada’s foreign-born population are highly educated, the highest share OECD-wide. Click to learn more.


*OECD is an intergovernmental economic organisation founded in 1961 with 36 member countries with an objective to stimulate economic progress and world trade.


Newcomer Events

Newcomers, there are several events happening at the Pickering Welcome Centre!


Meet the Recruiter

Wednesday, September 18, 1:15pm-3:30pm


Recruiters in Human Resources, Federal Government, Banking, Insurance and other sectors will be on-site to share key job search tips. Understand what employers are looking for and get one on one interview feedback. View the flyer for registration and information.



Newcomer Professional Connections

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm


Newcomer Professional Connections provides a space for you as a newcomer to explore new ideas, find new friends and to help you with your job search in Canada. It is also a space for established professionals to share their expertise and insights. View the flyer.



Ontario Works
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 3:00pm-4:00pm


If you are in need of financial assistance, learn how Ontario Works (OW) can help. Childcare available. Click for more information.


All events listed above are taking place at the Pickering Welcome Centre.


AccessNow App

Thanks to funding from the Accessible Technology program the AccessNow app helps persons with disabilities locate accessible public spaces, restaurants and businesses.



Visit Canada.ca/accessible-canada.


Accessibility Advisory

Did you know that Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees provide advice to the municipal government to help make public services and facilities accessible to everyone. Learn how to serve on a committee.

Ontario At Work

Ontario schedules inspection initiatives in specific sectors to protect workers' rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers' awareness of their responsibilities.



Ontario At Work is focusing their latest blitz on musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards crossing all sectors – constructions, health care, industrial and mining.


Compliance assistance starts September 1st, 2019. Inspections start October 1st, 2019.


Click for more information.


Durham Region Transit

Durham Regional Chair John Henry wants you to explore Durham Region with Durham Transit.



Learn about transit options and fare incentives, including their new Y10 pass at Durham Region Transit. Click for more information.


BBQ with Mayor Carter

Mayor Dan Carter is hosting a free community barabeque on Victoria Street (next to the Regent Theatre) in downtown Oshawa on September 7th from 12pm-2pm. Drop by for a hotdog and a hello!



Job Opportunities


- G Driver

- Post Construction Cleaners

- General Operations Associate

- Job Developer

- Entry Level Service Technician

- Bartender


Go to our Job Portal or visit us at one our locations for more job postings.


Connect With Us


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Construction in Durham



Do you know about upcoming construction projects in Durham Region?



Traffic Watch is a live, interactive map that shows issues that may affect your travel throughout Durham Region.


It has information about construction and unplanned work such as watermain breaks or emergency road closures.


The Traffic Watch Map includes:

  • Road closure details
  • Construction information
  • Detours
  • Emergencies
  • Images from traffic cameras
  • New traffic signals
  • Special events

You can modify your view of Traffic Watch by choosing the layers you want to see.

Check out the Traffic Watch Map at for current construction locations.









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