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Now is a great time to get to work.


Legislation is expected to pass this fall that will see the minimum wage significantly increase from $11.40 to $14/hour in January 2018.


Students are heading back to school and positions are opening up.


Second Career offers an opportunity to consider a career in a different field. Employment resources are available to you through one of our two locations in the Durham Region.


Contact us and we will help get you working!


Hot Labour Market

Last month, Canada’s jobless rate fell to 6.3% - the lowest its been since October 2008.



Canada's Labour Market has seen continuous growth with an eighth straight employment increase adding 10,900 jobs in July, according to Statistics Canada.


This past year has seen the biggest 12-month gain since 2007 with 387,600 jobs - primarily in full-time employment (353,500 jobs).


In July, 35,100 full-time jobs were created and 24,300 part-time jobs were dropped.


A key determinant of income is the total number of hours worked - up by 1.9% from last year. This is the fastest year-over-year gain since August 2015.


Annual wages, however, are rising at historically low levels - unchanged at 1.3% in July.


Read the Financial Post article - "Canada’s jobless rate falls to lowest since the dawn of the financial crisis".


Options for Newcomers


If you are a newcomer, and are interested in becoming a professional Chartered Accountant in Canada, attend an Information Session to learn:


- Pathways to becoming a CPA
- CPA Certification
- Education requirements



Take advantage of an opportunity to hear from a Guest Speaker directly from CPA. Join us!


September 21, 2017
Pickering Welcome Centre
1:00pm - 2:30pm


For registration please contact
Paliny by email:
pkanagal@cdcd.org or register in Unit 16B at the Pickering
Welcome Centre.


View the flyer.


TRIEC Re-Brand

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council has re-branded The Mentoring Partnership, now known as TRIEC Mentoring Partnership. Take a look at the new branding!



In addition to branding changes, the Mentoring program has expanded to include more newcomer professionals by lowering the number of years of work experience to two years from three years, and extending the time in Canada from less than three years to less than five years.


The program also has an easier on-line registration and orientation process - all geared to getting clients into matches sooner.


Recognizing that mentees engage quickly with their mentors, the length of time of Mentoring partnerships has decreased from 4 months to 3 months. Learn more by clicking here.


Reader's Choice Awards


In 2016, the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre was the Reader's Choice winner in Pickering and Oshawa.



We have been nominated again!
Thank you for your past support,

Your success is our success. Stay tuned for the results!


Employment Openings


Very shortly, students will be returning to school and many employment opportunities will become available.


Take advantage of the fertile employment landscape and consider approaching businesses that employed students during the summer to see if they are hiring.


Second Career

The Second Career Program, offered at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, helps individuals who have been laid-off to re-train in order to improve employment opportunities.



The Second Career Program can assist in the following areas:


Explore Careers that are Right for Your Experience and Skill Set


Career Guidance


Assistance in the Exploration and Application Process


Learn New Skills


Funding Support to Offset Training and Living


Expenses – based on eligibility


Attend one of our monthly Second Career Information Sessions in Pickering or Oshawa, or speak with an Employment Counsellor about applying.


Visit the Second Career Website for more information about the program.


Wage Increases


Ontario Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour.



The new increase, which will be implemented in phases, is intended to help 8.9% Ontario’s employees. At $15, a full-time, 40-hour-week job would pay $600/week or $31,200/year, compared to $23,712 at the current minimum wage of $11.40.


Over the past three years,

Ontario's economy has outperformed all G7 countries in real GDP growth. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 16 years.


The nature of work, however, has changed. Employees in Ontario are facing less security, less benefits and a precarious work environment.


Many employees are working full time hours and are still unable to support their families with the current minimum wage of $11.40/hour.


It is expected January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $14/hour, and January 1, 2019, that the minimum wage will further increase to $15/hour followed by yearly increases at the rate of inflation.


It is a great time to get a job. The substantial increase to the minimum wage will help Ontario employees live a more balanced and sustainable life while supporting themselves and their families. For more information, click here.


A Career in Skilled Trades?

Considering a career in the skilled trades? The world will beat a path to your doorstep!



Would you rather work with your hands than sit behind a desk?


If you are looking for a change in careers or contemplating a first career, take a close look at the skilled trades. The list may be more expansive than you think including careers as a chef, hair stylist, esthetician and much more.



There are many benefits associated with pursuing a career in the skilled trades:


Apprenticeships are often part of skilled trades training.


Students gain job-specific knowledge, training and experience required to enter the workforce immediately.


Well-paid positions are available in the trades.


Upon completion of a skilled trades program, a corresponding career is available.


There are plenty of positions available in the skilled trades.


If you choose to work for a different company, many positions are available.


Once you have the experience that you need, you may consider starting your own business related to the skilled trade of your choice.



To be successful in a trade you will need to work hard, apply problem solving skills and get creative. Need help getting started?


Talk to an Employment Counsellor at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.


Human Skills Needed


Traditionally described as soft skills, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication are becoming increasingly important skills for the new work world.



The Business Council of Canada conducted a survey of major employers in Canada.


The survey indicates that although there are gaps in technical areas, hiring managers are primarily interested in candidates with strong soft skills.


To succeed in the new work world, it is clear that Canadians must have a balance of both human and technical abilities.


For example, a programmer or coder must be a proficient as a coder but also have the ability to work well with co-workers.


Click to read the article.


Sleep = Brain Boost

According to research that examines the science of sleep, the sleeping brain is emerging as an energetic and purposeful machine.



A recent CBC news documentary, "While You Were Sleeping", with David Suzuki explores why we really need sleep.


With both babies and adults, it was demonstrated that the brain does not really rest when we sleep - rather it stores what we have learned and connects it with other regions of our brain.


A night of sleep deprivation shows the same negative effect as a person who has had a stroke, this disappears with a night of sleep, unfortunately not so with a stroke.


If we receive a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night we are more likely to succeed as a student and on the job.


Watch the video.


Job Opportunities

Pallet Repairers

Administrative Assistant

Pro Airport Limousine Driver

Personnel Clerk

Public Services Clerk

Temporary Labourer

Computer Support Technician

Dump Truck Driver

Crossing Guard


Housing Outreach Coordinator

Community Services Worker

Records Clerk

Admin Assistant (Bilingual)

Events Coordinator

Enviro Design Coordinator

Autism Support Assistant



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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The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's headquarters in Oshawa was hit in another motor vehicle accident. Thankfully no one was hurt.



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