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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

August 2013
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90 Day Job Challenge - Coming Soon!


Are you looking for work?  Employers not calling you back?  Getting interviews but not getting the job?  Feeling isolated and unsure of what to do next? 


Starting in late August, Centre for Education & Training Employment Services will be running a 90 Day Job Challenge to assist you to find a job in 90 Days. 


Last year's challenge resulted in 880 people becoming employed. Sign up for the challenge and receive a welcome package and job search kit, access to hiring events and job fairs, one to one assistance and job coaching, access to specialized workshops and much more. 


For more information, visit www.tcet.com/90.  

Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched in Toronto the new policy, Removing the "Canadian experience" barrier. This is a long-awaited initiative that addresses a critical systemic barrier that many immigrants and refugees face in accessing the labour market.

The new policy sets out the OHRC's position that a strict requirement for "Canadian experience" is discriminatory, and can only be used in rare circumstances. Employers and regulatory bodies need to ask about all of a job applicant's previous work - where they got their experience does not matter. The policy also tells employers and regulatory bodies how to develop practices, policies and programs that do not result in discrimination.

For more information on the policy, Removing the "Canadian experience" barrier visit the OHRC website at this link: http://bit.ly/12ALd1f
Changes to "Age of Dependents" Policy

As of January 1st, 2014, candidates applying for Canadian Immigration for children who are 19 or older will not be able to sponsor them through Family Sponsorship immigration. Instead, these children will have to apply for Canadian immigration individually.


Presently, a "dependent child" is considered to be so as long as she or she is under the age of 22. These dependents are automatically accepted into the country if their parents qualify to become permanent residents of Canada. Exceptions to this under-22-year-old rule include children who are married and are therefore considered to no longer be dependent on their parents. On the other hand, applicants who are older than 22 but are still financially dependent on their parents and are enrolled in full-time studies will be considered as dependents of their parents when applying for immigration.


The most up-to-date statistics from Ottawa show that nearly 90% of sponsored children who applied for immigration in 2012, or 64,757, were under the age of 19. Meanwhile, in the same year, only 7,327 dependent children applicants were over the age of 19.


As a result, the main reason for lowering the age of dependent children is that it will determine where the individuals will be receiving their post-secondary education. The process of credential recognition can be extremely tedious and may results in individuals not working in their proper field due to industry standards or language requirements.

Preparing for High School - Youth Corner

How to prepare for High school!

Each student entering high school will be given a course selection form. It is best if the parents sit down and go over the options with their child. There are courses that are designed for college and university. Depending on the child's academic style, it's best to choose an option that is in their best interest. Children that do well in grade 9 are more likely to pass high school. Having the support of their teachers, parents and any other forms of support (peers, tutors etc.) are all crucial to help the outcome of their educational performance.


What to look for when choosing a High school

-          Do you have an area of study that they would like to focus on? Some schools specialize in certain programs that might be of interest to you

-          Meet with the principle. Does he/she seem approachable and supportive to students and staff?

-          What kind of extracurricular activities does the school have to offer? Extracurricular activities are important in keeping teenagers engaged in school

-          Understand you're your personality; will you feel more comfortable in a larger or smaller school?

-          Larger schools usually have more course selection and more extracurricular activities. Smaller schools may have a more intimate and friendly environment



In order to successfully complete high school, you MUST complete 40 hours of community service! This means volunteering with local organizations, hospitals, shelters, and anywhere else that will offer you a volunteering opportunity.

Try picking a place that offers variety, so you have exposure to different activities. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to seek what you enjoy and what you don't.


If you are interested in learning more, please contact a youth facilitator at nicyouth@tcet.com. We have locations in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, and Malton.  

Scheduled Events
WES Evaluation 
August 21, 2013 10:00am 
905-279-0024 ext: 1279
Brampton City South  
Small Business - Start Smart Workshop
August 13, 2013 1:30pm 
905-457-4747 ext: 3013
Information Session on Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor 
August 29, 2013 11:00am

905-677-0007 ext: 5233

Brampton East
Stepping into High School
August 21, 2013 2:00pm
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

Volunteer Fair coming soon!
September 20, 2013 10:00am - 1:00 pm
905-875-3851 ext: 5023
Upcoming Workshop Series sponsored and facilitated by:
   Starting in late summer, Scotiabank will provide a workshop series titled,  "Banking in Canada for Newcomers" at the Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville NIC locations.  This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about personal and small business banking products and services available to newcomers. This series will provide practical advice on how to use credit wisely, tips for saving, starting a business and other information on building a sound financial future.  Please refer to our August calendars for dates and location specifics.
For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations 
Ontario Government to Launch Youth Employment Fund This Fall
Starting in September, TCET Employment Services will be connecting employers to youth between 15-29 to offer them 4-6 month job and training placements. 

Link to News Release

For more information email: info@tcet.com

Did you know...?

  Ontario is capping rent increases for 2014 at 0.8 per cent for the province's one million tenant households -- the second lowest cap since the introduction of rent regulation 38 years ago. 


The cap, also known as the Rent Increase Guideline, is the maximum amount a landlord can increase a tenants' rent without seeking the approval of the Landlord and Tenant Board

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According to the analysis on immigration, for the first time since comparable data became available (1980), Canada accepted a greater proportion of immigrants from Africa (13.8%) in 2010 than from Europe (13.3%)

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About Us  

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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***Care for Newcomer Children services available at Malton and Oakville locations***

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Brampton Library: every Tuesday 

Caledon Library: last Tuesday of every month

       Milton, Library - Main Branch & Beaty Branch: every third Tuesday of every month 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

Mississauga, Meadowvale Library: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Mississauga, Central Library: Tuesday to Thursday & Saturday  


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