TCET Newsletter

May 2015

Commissioner of Oaths Services

Commissioner of oaths services are available by appointment at all locations to take affidavits, declarations, oaths, attest/certify true copies of original documents.

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Scheduled Events 

Brampton City South: Childcare Subsidy Clinic - Information Session & One-on-one Application Assistance on Wednesday, May 20 at 2:00pm 

Brampton East: Know your Rights 101 on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00am   
Malton: Job Fair with IS2 on Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00pm 
Oakville: Your first Canadian Resume by PCAS on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00am 
Mississauga: Canadian Work Culture on Wednesday, May 13 at 9:30am 

Don Mills: Information Session with Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on Tuesday, May 12 at 1:00pm

Parliament: Apprenticeship Information Session on Friday, May 1 at 10:00am  


Employment Services Workshop Calendar:

Newcomer Services Information Session Calendar:

What can I do if my employer will not pay me? 


Unfortunately this is a reality and it happens more often than not. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you can:

1. Talk to your employer to try and solve the problem 

The Ministry of Labour suggests that you first try to talk to your employer yourself. They have worksheets and tools on their website to help you calculate how much your employer might owe you. If you do talk to your employer, make sure to write down the day and time that you spoke with them. Keep a list of what you talked about and what your employer said they would do. 

If you decide to write to your employer, keep a copy of it. You can also send the letter by registered mail so that your have proof that you sent it. You can also send it by regular mail, fax or you can give it to them directly. 

If you need help writing the letter to your employer, you can contact a local Ministry of Labour office. 

2. Call the Ministry of Labour for help 

Sometimes it's better to contact the Ministry of Labour directly to discuss the situation, understand more about your rights and to find out what you can do. The Ministry of Labour can give you information about your options. Call the Ministry of Labour at:

Ontario- 1-800-531-5551

Toronto- 416-326-7160

TTY- 1-866-567-8893

3. File a claim with the Ministry of Labour 

If you believe that your employer is not following the Employment Standards Act (ESA) law, you can file a claim with the Ministry of Labour. Visit: How to File a Claim 


Top 7 Soft Skills  

When you're seeking employment your soft skills (people skills) can be as important as the hard skills that are required to achieve success on the job. 


Here are the top seven important soft skills to have for both interviewing and in the workplace from Indeed's Director of Recruiting, Mike Steinerd:


1. Acting as a team player means not only being cooperative, but also displaying strong leadership skills when necessary. 

2. Flexibility is a valuable asset, employees who can adapt to any situation are dependable no matter what's thrown at them. 

3. Effective communication is paramount, and includes articulating oneself well, being a good listener and using appropriate body language. 

4. Problem solving skills and resourcefulness are critical when unexpected issues inevitably arise. 

5. Accepting feedback and applying lessons learned fosters professional growth 

6. Confidence is key, but it's important to always have the knowledge and skills to support self-assurance. 

7. Creative thinking is invaluable and drives innovation and increased efficiency.  

The Mentoring Partnership Program
                         Increase your confidence and skills  

The program matches recent skilled immigrants with mentors in their field. People who volunteer as mentors gain management, leadership and essential cultural competency skills. Meanwhile, their mentees get support with their job search and a deeper insight into the Canadian labour market.

Who can be a mentee? Mentees must:

  • have lived in Canada for less than three years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in their profession OR have re-engaged with their profession through academic training or bridging within the past 2 years
  • have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
  • have at least three years of international work experience in their area of expertise
  • have achieved at least a bachelor's degree - or equivalent post-secondary education - from outside of Canada
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be currently unemployed or underemployed i.e. not working in their field of expertise
  • be actively seeking work in their field
 Who can be a mentor? 

 Mentors must have worked in their field for at least three years in Canada and have a    combination of industry knowledge and business experience. They should have active  links to professional associations and business networks and recent experience in their  occupational field. 

Mentors support mentees in:
  • Developing their professional networks and job search strategies
  • Understanding the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture
  • Sharing information on their industry and occupation
The mentor commitment: 

Mentors commit to a total of 24 hours over four months. Meetings can be in person, online, over the phone and can include referrals for information interviews. 

For more information visit: Mentoring Partnership

laptop-platform-man.jpg A Faster, More Convenient Way to File in Small Claims Court 

Ontarian's now have a faster, easier way to make a claim in small claims court with the launch of a new online filing service. E-filing is a simple, convenient way to file a claim in small claims court without entering a courthouse.

Visit: E-Filing for more information

Youth Corner  


Youth Advisory for newcomer youth 13-24

  • Plan events and activities
  • Learn/build various skills such as team work, leadership, public speaking and more
  • Make new friends
  • Earn your volunteer hours for high school
  • Be prepared for the work world

Contact for further information or to register with one of our centres! 

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