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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

September 2013
Did you know...


The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program provides newcomers with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities with federal government departments and agencies and private sector organizations.


Interns are hired as casual employees for 90 working days. The internship may be extended an additional 90 working days.

Internships are offered in categories such as: policy, administration, project management, computer science, communications, science and engineering. A mentor will be provided for the duration of the internship.


The number and types of positions in a given year are determined according to the demand of participating public and private sector organizations.

In addition to gaining work experience, you will be able to:

  • learn about Canadian workplace culture
  • understand hiring processes
  • network with members of the public service and private sector
  • attend orientation sessions or training
To be eligible, you must:
  • be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen in Canada less than 10 years
  • have the necessary language abilities in English (minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 6-8) or French (minimum Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens benchmark of 6-8)
  • have a post-secondary degree (with the exception of administrative positions where it is an asset)
  • be registered and successfully undergo mandatory screening for employment readiness by one of the program's identified immigrant-serving organizations
  • either
    • live or work in Ottawa/Gatineau (or within a 125 kilometre radius), Toronto (or within a 125 kilometre radius), the Vancouver Area or Victoria (or within a 75 kilometre radius) (Note: In the future, additional locations may be added) OR
    • be a graduate of the World University Service of Canada's Student Refugee Program

For more information, visit: 


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Career Development and Volunteerism

Make a positive change in your community & your career!


Becoming a volunteer can be a very rewarding experience. It is an opportunity to help make a positive change in your community, to improve your skills while learning new ones, to invest your time doing something helpful and beneficial; and most importantly to help those who need you most. 

Volunteering  can also lead to later employment opportunities. It is a great way to gain Canadian experience, which you can later add to your resume. This is especially beneficial for newcomers to Canada, who may lack Canadian work experience. It can also allow you to network with new organizations. 

Through volunteering, you can make new friends, meet new people and get to know your community better. If you want to volunteer but don't know where to start, then come out to a FREE volunteer fair hosted by the Newcomer Information Centre - Oakville Campus on Friday, September 20, 2013. The fair will be held from 10:00am until 1:00pm. ETAG, Habitat for Humanity, SAVIS and Volunteer Halton will be readily available to provide more information and resources about volunteer opportunities in Oakville. 

This event is targeting newcomers and immigrants to Canada; however anyone and everyone are welcome to stop by and join in. This is a great chance to network, meet volunteer organizations, and get connected in the community! 

The fair will begin at 10:00am with short presentations from each participating agency. From 10:30am until 1:00pm, representatives will be available to meet you one-on-one and answer all your volunteer questions. 

The volunteer fair will be held on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at The Newcomer Information Centre, located at 171 Speers Road, Suite 20, Oakville. For registration or more information please call 905-875-3851 ext: 5023 or visit www.tcet.com/NIC
Good2Talk - 1-866-925-5454
Ontario's Post Secondary Student Helpline 

Good2Talk is a free, completely confidential and anonymous service that offers you professional counselling, mental health information and connections to local resources. 


Available 24 / 7/ 365 in both English and French. If there's something on your mind, talk it out with a professional. Get the support you need. 


There are a lot of great things about being a student in college or university. Learning new things. Meeting new people. Independence. But there can also be some big challenges. New living arrangements. Time management. Relationship stresses. Financial concerns. Questions about sex and sexuality. Figuring out what you'll do after graduation.


Sometimes these challenges seem overwhelming. Sometimes they can turn into more serious issues affecting your life as a student, your health or your mental well-being.


If you or someone you know is feeling challenged, if you have concerns about anything big or small, need someone to talk to or are looking for information or resources, we're here to listen, provide you with options and help.

Scheduled Events
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
September 18, 2013 10:00am 
905-279-0024 ext: 1279
Brampton City South  
Know your Rights at Work
September 10, 2013 10:00am 
905-457-4747 ext: 3013
Employment Insurance Programs
September 18, 2013 11:00am

905-677-0007 ext: 5233

Brampton East
Banking in Canada for Newcomers
by Scotiabank
September 19, 2013 10:00am
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

Volunteer Fair 
September 20, 2013 10:00am - 1:00 pm
905-875-3851 ext: 5023
Workshop Series sponsored and facilitated by:
   Come and attend "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  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 years of age offering them 4-6 month job and training placements. 

Link to News Release

For more information email: info@tcet.com

Did you know...?

The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw amounts from your RRSPs to finance full-time training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. You cannot participate in the LLP to finance your children's training or education, or the training or education of your spouse's or common-law partner's children.



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New Look for NewYouth.ca! OCASI is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned newcomer youth websites!
Child Care Free subsidy placements in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Due to additional funding Child Care Free subsidy is now available to all eligible applicants. This is great news for families who previously had to wait one or two years to access Child Care Free subsidy. 
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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. 


 Our locations 


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

 ***Free Commissioner of Oaths service at all locations***


NIC Itinerant services in 

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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