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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

March 2013
Tax Savings for Tradespersons
Did you know...

If you were an employed tradesperson in 2012 (including an eligible apprentice mechanic), you may be able to deduct up to $500 of the cost of eligible tools bought to earn your employment income.


Important facts

  • An eligible tool is a tool (including associated equipment such as a toolbox) that:
    • you bought to use in your job as a tradesperson and was not used for any purpose before you bought it;
    • your employer certified as being necessary for you to provide as a condition of, and for use in, your job as a tradesperson; and
    • is not an electronic communication device (like a cell phone) or electronic data processing equipment (unless the device or equipment can be used only for the purpose of measuring, locating, or calculating).

For more details on how to calculate the deduction for tools, go to  www.cra.gc.ca/trades.


**Note: If you are an eligible apprentice mechanic, you may be able to claim an additional tools deduction.


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Halton Newcomer Portal
Established on November 21, 2012, the Halton Newcomer Portal (www.welcometohalton.ca) was created to help newcomers identify Halton-specific information that supports their settlement experience.

The Halton Newcomer Portal is a website designed to help newcomers find information about services that can assist them before and after their arrival, resulting in improved settlement and employment outcomes.


The project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and involved extensive consultation and partnerships. 


Over the coming months, partners will continue to update and add content to ensure the site remains current and relevant to users, and conduct demonstrations to introduce the site to newcomer clients.

For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations     


passport The Start-Up Visa Program

On January 24, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced it's Start-Up Visa Pilot Program designed to draw innovative immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada.


The Start-Up Visa Program will link immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations that have expertise in working with start-ups.   


The pilot program will begin accepting applications April 1, 2013 and run for 5 years.  


To start, the Canadian government has alloted 2750 Visas per year for start up entrepreneurs and their families. If there is demand and early success, the program will become permanent.   


Benefits of the Program 

  • The Start-up Visa Program will enable immigrant entrepreneurs to launch innovative companies that will create jobs in Canada, and eventually, compete globally.
  • The Program will provide entrepreneurs with valuable assistance in navigating the Canadian business environment which can sometimes prove challenging for newcomers.
  • The Program will provide private sector firms with access to a broader range of entrepreneurs, including the best and the brightest minds from around the world.

For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations      


Summer Employment Ontario - Youth Program


The government provides summer employment for students throughout the province. Positions

will be posted March 9th and M  arch 29th, 2013.


Interested candidates can learn more about the programs; how to apply for the OIP and SEO

positions; and discover the many career opportunities available in the OPS by visiting

www.ontario.ca/careers or by calling Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656.


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Scheduled Events
Centre for Education and Training is hosting Free Tax Preparation Clinics for low-income families at all five of our locations. Please call to book an appointment.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in MARCH
905-677-0007 ext: 5234

Brampton City South
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in MARCH
905-457-4747 ext: 3018

Brampton East

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in MARCH
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

Every Tuesday and Thursday in MARCH
905-279-0024 ext: 1279

Every Monday and Saturday in MARCH
905-875-3851 ext: 5008

For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations 

Did you know...?


Ontario is helping over 800 low-income women build and grow their own businesses, through the new Microlending for Women in Ontario program.

The program supports low-income women who are seeking to start their own business by providing financial literacy training, entrepreneurial mentoring and skills development and life skills support.  


Women who become business ready within these programs will be eligible to receive small loans (microloans) to start their businesses.  


The Microlending for Women in Ontario program will provide close to 400 microloans. In total, over 800 low-income women will receive business readiness supports and financial skills training to help them on a successful path as entrepreneurs.

For more information please contact nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations.


Are you Internationally Trained...
Bridging Programs help qualified internationally trained individuals move quickly into the labour market in Ontario. These programs assess your existing skills and competencies, compared to Ontario employer expectations. They provide training and Canadian workplace experience without duplicating what you have already learned.

However, some bridging programs can be extremely costly. Therefore, financial
assistance is an option most immigrants fall back on.

Some new Immigrants do qualify for bursaries of up to 50% from the provincial government to pay fees for Bridging Programs, but for the rest of the fees they might need additional help. For this reason, financial institutions like Scotiabank have started new initiatives like "Start Right Program for Newcomers"


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The Newcomer Information Centre is an innovative program that provides free settlement information to newcomers and residents from a number of accessible locations across Peel and Halton.   
A smooth transition into Canadian life is critical to success and our program provides accurate referrals to make this happen.  Clients work with friendly multi-lingual staff and get confidential counselling about settlement, employment, health, housing, education, language training, immigration issues and more.  Counsellors speak Punjabi, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian, Croatian, Russian, Serbian, French, German, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Hindi, Bulgarian and Pashto.


Drop by at any of our locations to speak with a counsellor.  No appointment is required. 


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