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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

April 2013
 Federal Skilled Worker Program
Did you know...

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4th, 2013. At that time, the program will begin accepting applications for review.  


The Skilled Worker category of the FSWP has been frozen since mid-2012 so that necessary improvements could be made to the program.

The FSWP changes, as described by CIC, are as follows:

  • Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
  • Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada's economy;
  • Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential's true value in Canada;
  • Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
  • Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience 
For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations    

FREE Seniors Dental Program

Region of Peel's Senior Dental Program was created to help seniors who have no dental insurance and cannot afford the cost of dental care.

This program does not cover all dental services and it is not an insurance plan.
It provides basic dental care including cleanings, fillings, dentures, etc.
To find out if your eligible: Seniors must first call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.

To be eligible, seniors must meet all six criteria:

  1. be 65 years or older
  2. live in Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga,
  3. be a Canadian citizen or legal resident
  4. have no access to any form of dental coverage (including government programs such as Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP),Ontario Works (OW), and Non-Insured Health Benefits)
  5. have no previous dental care that was paid for by the Region of Peel's Seniors' Dental Program
  6. have an income of less than $19,307* for one person household or $23,498** for a two person household (effective July 1, 2012) 

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


Tips for Parents - Youth Corner


Adolescence is an important time of experimentation, discovery and growing independence. It's also a time for taking on more responsibilities. Parents play an important role in teaching children how to use the new media in safe ways. Here are 10 tips that can help.

  1. Consider how you use the new media. You are modelling behaviours for your children.
  2. Before giving your children access to the new media, talk to them about safe use. Communicate openly and honestly. Discuss possible impacts and dangers of using the Internet and other new media.
  3. Talk to your children about how to integrate the new media into their lives in ways that respect others. For example, some families have "no texting" rules during mealtimes and family events.
  4. Be aware of your children's Internet activities and what they have access to. Some cellphones, for example, can be portable computers.
  5. Spend time learning about the Internet and video games popular with youth. Participate with your children in these activities. They are more likely to listen to you if they think you know what you're talking about.
  6. Have your children use a shared computer in an open area of your home where you can monitor what they're doing.
  7. Help your children lead balanced lives. Set limits around your children's use of the new media. Encourage them to take part in "offline" activities such as sports, music, drama and in-person get-togethers with friends and family.
  8. Help your children set priorities. For example, doing homework comes before spending time texting or playing video games.
  9. Remember that you own the equipment (e.g., computer, cellphone) your children are using-or you've likely given them the money to buy it. If your children are not using these media in ways that you approve, you have the authority to cut off access or control their use in other ways (such as using a secret password to set the administrative rights on your home computer).
  10. If you have seen signs that indicate your child may be developing a problem related to the new media, talk with your child about your concerns. You could also contact a health care professional to get guidance and support for the whole family.  
For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations 


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 APRIL
905-677-0007 ext: 5234

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

Brampton East

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

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

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

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

Did you know...?


Ontario has 444 towns and cities. Among these towns, major destinations for newcomers are the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor, London, and the region around Niagara Falls.

Visit Ontario Immigration's website to discover Ontario's different communities and their unique lifestyles. Learn about living, working, doing business and studying in Ontario.    


Does your Child have a Food Allergy?
Researchers from The
University of Toronto are seeking you for a 60-minute discussion! Participants will receive $30.00 for their time.

To Register for this study & for more information please contact: ggr417research@hotmail.com or 905-569-4417 

Labour Market Research
What is Labour Market Information or "LMI"? LMI is the information you gather to determine where the jobs are and where there is business growth or decline.

Peel Halton Workforce Development Group has launched a new website: www.workinginpeelhalton.com to assist individuals or businesses to get local labour market information and resources.

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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.


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