Work to Consider

Food Processing and Production

A look at the many options available to newcomers in the food processing and production sector, including paid employment and opportunities for entrepreneurship.

Taxi or Rideshare (Uber, Lyft) Driver

Occupations in this sector Driving for a taxi company or rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft is a popular employment option for newcomers. According to a study reported in The Globe and […]

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.

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.

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.

Tips & Leads

Work Considerations for Newcomers with Disabilities

This post discusses work considerations and employment support for newcomers who have disabilities, whether unemployed or underemployed.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

Cultural sensitivities in Canada

A discussion of cultural sensitivities and expectations regarding customs such as body language, touching, personal space, customer service, working for women and with women, religious practices, eating at work, asking questions, punctuality, accountability, work product and quality, and performance evaluation.

Where to begin

When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.

Preparing for “Month 13”

A discussion of when and how to prepare for Month 13, in terms of employment following the end of a formal private sponsorship agreement. Also included is a discussion of Ontario Works financial support and clawbacks and of Child Benefit payments.