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While the economy was the number one federal election issue, voters were also motived by a strong desire for change.


Canadians demonstrated their desire for change by voting in favour of a Liberal Majority Government.


With the New Year just around the corner, we are off to a fresh start to the future.


Now is the time to start setting your employment goals for the New Year.


We have programs, resources and services designed to help you meet your employment objectives.


Find out how we can help you succeed by working with an Employment Counsellor.

Election and Economy

After Canadians voted on October 19th, 2015, an Ipsos Election Day survey was conducted on behalf of the Global News. The most important issue according the respondents of the survey - the economy.



Approximately 9,000 people were surveyed on thirty election issues ranging from the economy to Bill C-51 to healthcare.


According to the survey, the top five issues were as follows:



Desire for Change

Government Accountability


Deficit / Balanced Budget







Leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, made several promises related to the top five election issues listed above including a Promise of Change, Access-to-Information Reform and Tax Changes.


Take a look at some of promises made throughout the election and what Justin Trudeau will face as the Prime Minister of Canada.


Interesting Election Facts

Many firsts and interesting election facts were recorded in this year's federal election.


Justin Trudeau became the first son to follow his father's footsteps into the Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa, Canada.


A total of 88 women are headed to the House of Commons, up from the 76 in 2011 for a total of 26% of members. This moves Canada up from 50th to 48th place worldwide.



Toronto's Ahmed Hussen became Canada's first-ever MP of Somali descent.


There was a higher voter turnout in largely aboriginal ridings. A record number of indigenous candidates were elected to the House of Commons - a total of ten MPs.


Maryam Monsef is Peterborough's first female MP and Canada's first Afghan-born MP.


Interested to see what has changed since the 2011 election? Click here.


Read more facts and figures related to the 2015 election.

The Mentoring Partnership

If you are a newcomer to Canada and an internationally trained professional working towards pursuing your career goals, The Mentoring Partnership could be for you.


Mentee, Fahim Bahrami shares her experience:

“The Mentoring Partnership helped me a lot by finding a very dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced mentor who helped me to improve and modify my resume and cover letter styles to meet the standards of Canadian job market..."




Read more of Fahim's experience by clicking here.


Contact us for more information about upcoming Mentoring Orientation Sessions designed to assist you in attaining your career objectives.


The next session is on November 19th, 2015 at our Pickering location. Register Today!


Do It In Durham!

Do It In Durham is almost here!



Do It In Durham is a series of events, held by leading organizations located in Durham Region during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).


It is a celebration of small business and entrepreneurship and an opportunity to network, gain knowledge, and find potential collaborators, mentors and even investors – introducing everyone to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.


Find out what's happening in the Durham Region Entrepreneurial community.


Labour Force Survey

September's Labour Force Survey results indicates little change for the 4th consecutive month in September (+12,000 or +0.1%).



"The unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% as more people participated in the labour market.


Part-time employment rose by 74,000 in September, which was largely offset by a decline of 62,000 in full time."


Read the report for more information.


Youth Job Connection

The Youth Job Connection Program is in full swing.



Youth Job Connection provides intensive supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities.


Contact us for more information and to determine eligibility for Youth Job Connection.


Contact us by phone: 905-579-1821 or by email: info@unemployedhelp.on.ca


Positive Space

The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre is a Positive Space.



Positive Spaces are welcoming environments where LGBTQ+ newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.


LGBTQ+ newcomers are an integral, though often invisible, part of immigrant and refugee communities as well as LGBTQ+ communities. 


Everyone can work to create Positive Spaces by challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, monosexism, and cissexism, and by becoming an ally.


Seasonal Work

There are plenty of businesses who need an extra hand during the Holiday Season.



In addition to retailers, there are many holiday-related businesses (caterers, travel services, photographers, decorators, etc.) who require additional labour during the holiday season.


Seasonal holiday work typically runs from November until January.


It is a great way to get your foot in the door! If you perform well, you may extend the length of your contract or develop a network of contacts for future employment.


Short-term work may not seem appealing but it may be the opportunity you are looking for.


Ontario's Skills Shortage

Will a Looming Skills Gap Threaten Ontario's Furture?



"According to The Conference Board of Canada, Ontario's skills shortages cost the economy up to $24.3 billion in forgone GDP and $3.7 billion in provinical tax revenues annually."


Over 1,500 Ontario employers who collectively employ more than 750,000 people were asked what kind of post-secondary credentials are required for their available positions.


What do employers need? Find out and fill the gap! Read more.


Job Opportunities

- Ski Instructor

- Human Resources Manager

- Program Facilitator

- Assembler

- Police Constable

- Site Administrator

- Cook

- Site Service Technician

- Pet Care Associate

- Quality Control Inspector

- Accounts Payable Clerk

- Executive Assistant

- Welder/Fitter

- Customer Service Rep

- Day Baker

- Snowplow Operator

- Distribution Centre Administator

- General Labourer

- Warehouse Support

- Delivery Truck Driver

- Senior Implementation Manager

- Order Picker

- Warehouse

- Kitchen Designer

- Handyperson

- Service Writer

- Shop Helper


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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Goal Setting

Developing a career vision and goals can help you achieve personal and employment success.



A vision statement is the first step in helping you reach your career goals. It is, essentially, a vision of the future you.


"Your career vision statement is the goal you want for your career — and it should be something that inspires, energizes, motivates, and directs you.


Goal-setting techniques are used by successful people in all fields. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure your progress and continuously motivate yourself to progress toward the vision you have for your ideal work life."


Read more about developing a vision statement and career goals.



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