Work to Consider

Automotive Service Technician

Automotive service technician is a regulated trade in Ontario, requiring an apprenticeship or passage of a Trade Equivalency Assessment. This post includes descriptions of the types of work available, certification requirements, and training programs in the GTA.

Construction Trades

An overview of job opportunities in the construction trades in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; licensing and training requirements; apprenticeships and other training programs available; and stories in the media.

Landscaping and horticulture

An overview of job opportunities in landscaping and horticulture in the GTA, with discussion of different occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking and licensing requirements; training programs available; questions to help determine if this seems like good work for a particular individual; comments about seasonality, the impact of inclement weather, hiring periods during the year; job boards commonly used, a recommendation to learn work-specific terminology; and questions to ask at a job interview.

Retail sales and customer care

An overview of job opportunities in retail sales and customer care in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; training programs available; and stories in the media about refugee newcomers working in grocery, restaurant, and gas station retail.

Sewing

An overview of job opportunities in sewing in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; training programs available; and stories in the media.

Security guard work

An overview of job opportunities as a security guard in the GTA, with discussion of different occupational roles in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking and licensing requirements; training programs available; and stories in the media about newcomers working in security.

Early Childhood Care and Education

An overview of job opportunities and self-employment in early childhood care and education in the Province of Ontario, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; licensing and training requirements; and training programs available.

Hairstylist

An overview of hairstyling, including as a barber, in the Province of Ontario, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; compulsory licensing and requirements and process to become licensed; opportunity for newcomers with evidence of sufficient prior international experience to proceed directly to the qualifying exam; training programs available; and links to stories in the media.

Getting a Driver’s Licence in Ontario

Why newcomers should apply for a licence as soon as possible, an explanation of G2, G1, and G level drivers licensing in Ontario, and some ways to speed up the process. Also included are links to stories in the media about newcomer frustration about how the wait rules currently apply to them, including for driving a truck.

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COVID-19-Related Support for Employees, Self-Employed Individuals, and Businesses

Canada Emergency Response Benefit The Canada Emergency Response Benefit program was launched in April, 2020 by the Government of Canada. A taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months will […]