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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre
Scheduled Events - Waiting for MAY calendar?? 

Mississauga: Education and Training on Thursday, May 15 at 10:00am

Brampton City South: Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Program on Thursday, May 15 at 2:00pm

Malton: Starting a new life in Canada on Tuesday, May 6 at 10:00am 

Brampton East: One-on-one Credential Evaluation Advice by WES on Tuesday, May 20 from 9:00am-4:00pm
Oakville: Crime Stoppers of Halton on Wednesday, May 21 at 10:00am 

Changes to Social Insurance Number (SIN)

As of March 31, 2014, individuals applying to receive their Social Insurance Number (SIN) will obtain the information in a letter instead of a plastic card. 


Canadians will continue to use their SIN when starting a new job, applying for various government programs or services and for income tax purposes. For those circumstances, the existing SIN card, the letter (Confirmation of SIN) or any other government document containing the SIN can be used. SIN cards that are not expired and are currently in circulation can still be used or presented to employers if requested. 


For more information please visit our centre or email: nic@tcet.com

Your Rights when Signing a Wireless Service Contract  

Read about your rights when signing a contract for wireless services by clicking on the link below: http://www.ontario.ca/consumers/your-rights-when-signing-wireless-service-contract

For more information contact nic@tcet.com

Micro Loans for Internationally Trained Immigrants (IAF)  
An IAF loan can help if you are a newcomer and struggling to pay for the costs of the Canadian licensing or training you need so you can work in your pre-immigration career. For more information visit: www.iafcanada.org


For more information please visit our centre or email: nic@tcet.com

Offering "Express Entry" to Qualified Economic Immigrants  

Set to launch in January 2015, "Express Entry" will allow for greater flexibility and better responsiveness to deal with regional labour shortages, and help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers. "Express Entry" canadidates who receive a valid job offer or nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be quickly invited to apply for permanent residency- a key distinction between "Express Entry" and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which is only used to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. 

Attention Internationally Educated Teachers 

The Ontario College of Teachers is developing a new online self-assessment tool for internationally educated teachers. The tool will help internationally educated teachers interested in applying for a license to teach in Ontario determine how likely they are to meet certification requirements.


The College is looking for internationally educated teachers who have not yet applied for Ontario certification to test the new tool before it is released to the public. Testing will take approximately 30 minutes and a small cash incentive will be provided at the conclusion of the session.

The testing will take place on Thursday, May 29th at Ontario College of Teachers, 101 Bloor Street West, 14th Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 0A1   


If you have not yet applied for Ontario teacher certification and are interested in assisting the College in testing this new self-assessment tool, please contact the College at outreach@oct.ca providing the following information: name, e-mail address & telephone number


For more information please visit our centre or email: nic@tcet.com

Youth Corner 


Find and keep that Summer Job!


It's that time of the year when we all are looking for the summer job, to keep ourselves busy during the summer break and to make some money. Here are some soft skills that will help you get that dream summer job you have been wanting for a while and keep it as a part time job if you want to:

  1.  Develop communication skills. Your goal should be to communicate clearly through written, oral, and nonverbal communication. Start simply by being aware of how others feel when they are around you or are talking with you.
  2.  Practice active listening skills. Listening requires focus and self-discipline. We listen for many different reasons: to understand instructions, to empathize with another individual, or to judge whether a plan is good or not. Regardless of the reason you are listening, there are several things to keep in mind.
  3. Build relationships. Interpersonal skills are important in the workplace, especially since so many organizations are designed around teams and departments. Seek to build friendships with peers, supervisors, clients, and business partners.
  4.  Practice leading. Leadership is simply influencing other people. As such, leadership skills can be used by any employee at any level in the organization.
  5. Take initiative. Demonstrate responsibility and enthusiasm for your job by striving to go the extra mile. This starts by finishing work without constant reminders from your supervisor


To learn on how you can enhance your employability skills, contact our NIC Youth Counsellors at nicyouth@tcet.com

Did you know?

The cost of mailing a first-class letter within Canada went up to 85 cents. A 35 per cent jump from the 63 cents it cost before.

But the 85-cent rate is only available if stamps are purchased in a pack. If you want to buy just one stamp, it will cost $1.


For more information visit our centres or email: nic@tcet.com


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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***

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


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