Preparing for “Month 13”
Some newcomers may have reached sufficient levels of English proficiency and job skills by the end of their first year in Canada, to allow them to find good full-time employment before the start of Month 13, at which point private sponsorship financial support is no longer formally assured.
- That said, the job that a newcomer has at Month 13 may not be his or her “forever job,” and he or she may still be pursuing long-term employment goals by working in an ‘alternative’ or ‘related’ job, undergoing training, or completing accreditation(s).
- Well before Month 13, the newcomer should have an understanding of what his or her monthly costs will be and how much income will be required to cover those costs.
- The newcomer should also understand the basics of taxation and withholdings. If he or she is self-employed or works on an independent contractor basis, there is a need to be aware of responsibilities and liabilities in terms of taxes.
- Even if a newcomer has secured a “good” job by Month 13, and the formal sponsorship period has ended, he or she will likely benefit from ongoing, continued mentorship and support to help with problems at work, performance reviews, negotiating salary increases, increased job responsibilities, and promotions. If a newcomer is terminated or decides to leave a job, support can again be provided around quitting/giving notice, updating the resumé, new job search, etc.
- Some newcomers may reach Month 13 and still need to continue to improve their English or address other employment-related factors, such as mental or physical health issues, before being able to work full time. They may therefore need to apply for Ontario Works (OW) income support or Ontario Disability Support (ODSP). For more information on how to do this, please see Ontario Works Assistance.
- While on OW, newcomers may have access to additional language training and also employment training, bridging programs, and employment services. See more at: Ontario Works Employment and Training Programs
- Newcomers may also be able and want to work part-time, although this will impact the amount of financial assistance they are eligible to receive. See: Ontario Works website.